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After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories


About the Series

After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories was launched in 2014 to meet the need for a series of books aimed at those who have suffered a brain injury, their families and carers, and professionals who are involved in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Brain disorders can be life-changing events with far-reaching consequences. However, in the current climate of cuts in funding and service provision for neuropsychological rehabilitation, there is a risk that people whose lives have been transformed by brain injury are left feeling isolated with little support.

Because so many of the books on brain injury are written for academics and clinicians they can for the most part be filled with technical and academic language which may be of little help to those directly affected. Instead, this series offers a much-needed personal insight into the experience, as each book is written, in the main, by a survivor or group of survivors, who are living with the very real consequences of brain injury. Each book focuses on a different condition, such as face blindness, amnesia and neglect, or diagnoses, such as encephalitis and locked-in syndrome, resulting from brain injury. Readers will learn about life before the brain injury, early days of diagnosis, the effects of the brain injury, the process of rehabilitation, and life as it is now lived.

Alongside a personal perspective, professional commentary is also provided by a specialist in neuropsychological rehabilitation. The historical context, neurological analyses, data on the condition, treatment, outcome and follow-up, will appeal to professionals working in rehabilitation including psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and rehabilitation doctors. Books in this series will also be of interest to students of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and related courses who value a case study approach as a complement to the more academic books on brain injury.

With this series, we also hope to help expand awareness of brain injury and its consequences. The World Health Organisation has recently acknowledged the need to raise the profile of mental health issues (with the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-20) and we believe there needs to be a similar focus on psychological, neurological and behavioural consequences of brain disorder, and a deeper understanding of the role of rehabilitation in making the lives of brain injured people more tolerable. Giving a voice to survivors of brain injury is a step in the right direction.

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The Sibling Relationship After Acquired Brain Injury Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan

The Sibling Relationship After Acquired Brain Injury: Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Penelope Analytis
May 24, 2021

This important book gives a voice to the lived experience of siblings and family members when one sibling has an acquired brain injury (ABI). ABI is associated with a range of physical, cognitive, behavioural and personality changes, many of which will be lifelong, and Analytis examines how this ...

Living with Mild Brain Injury The Difficulties of Diagnosis and Recovery from Post-Concussion Syndrome

Living with Mild Brain Injury: The Difficulties of Diagnosis and Recovery from Post-Concussion Syndrome

1st Edition

By Pauline O'Connor
December 30, 2020

This important book presents a unique, personal account of the impact a mild traumatic brain injury can have. It tells the story of Pauline, who was 33 when a late football tackle caused a bleed in her brain which went undiscovered for 18 months. The account includes descriptions of hidden symptoms...

Adjusting to Brain Injury Reflections from Survivors, Family Members and Clinicians

Adjusting to Brain Injury: Reflections from Survivors, Family Members and Clinicians

1st Edition

By Katherine Dawson, Ashraf Sheikh, Karl Hargreaves, Meg Archer, Lisa Summerill
December 22, 2020

This important book in the After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories Series tells the story of four people who suffered acquired brain injuries: Karl Hargreaves and Ashraf Sheikh as a result of road traffic accidents, Lisa Summerill because of a stroke and Meg Archer as a result of meningitis. Each ...

Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury A Personal and Professional Account

Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury: A Personal and Professional Account

1st Edition

By Alyson Norman
April 09, 2020

Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury tells the story of Tom, a 43 year-old man who acquired a brain injury from a road traffic accident at the age of 22. Tom survived but went on to take his own life 20 years later. As a vulnerable adult with mental health issues and long-term difficulties with ...

Life After a Rare Brain Tumour and Supplementary Motor Area Syndrome Awake Behind Closed Eyes

Life After a Rare Brain Tumour and Supplementary Motor Area Syndrome: Awake Behind Closed Eyes

1st Edition

By Alex Jelly, Adel Helmy, Barbara A. Wilson
December 18, 2019

This book offers a personal insight into the experience of Alex Jelly, a professional fundraiser who developed a rare brain tumour, a papillary meningioma, which was successfully removed. She was left with Supplementary Motor Area Syndrome and associated problems including motor and speech ...

The Invisible Brain Injury Cognitive Impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke and other Acquired Brain Pathologies

The Invisible Brain Injury: Cognitive Impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke and other Acquired Brain Pathologies

1st Edition

By Aurora Lassaletta Atienza
November 14, 2019

The Invisible Brain Injury recounts, in her own words, the experience of Aurora Lassaletta, a clinical psychologist who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a traffic accident. Presenting her unique dual perspective as both a patient and a clinician, Aurora highlights the less visible ...

My Life with MS, Bipolar and Brain Injury Living in the Moment

My Life with MS, Bipolar and Brain Injury: Living in the Moment

1st Edition

By Charlie Bacchus, Marie Beau
October 24, 2019

This is the remarkable story of Charlie Bacchus, who was diagnosed with a severe case of viral encephalitis and later with multiple sclerosis and bipolar. This moving, funny, sometimes explicit book charts his life, including recollections of his childhood, the acceptance of his diagnoses and his ...

Family Experience of Brain Injury Surviving, Coping, Adjusting

Family Experience of Brain Injury: Surviving, Coping, Adjusting

1st Edition

By Jo Clark-Wilson, Mark Holloway
September 24, 2019

Brain Injury not only affects its victim, but those around them. In many cases, relatives are often overlooked despite facing many obstacles accepting and adjusting to a new way of life. Family Experience of Brain Injury showcases a unique collaboration between relatives of brain injured ...

Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury Dreamtalk

Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk

1st Edition

By Sheena McDonald, Allan Little, Gail Robinson
April 18, 2019

Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk tells the survival story of Sheena McDonald, who in 1999 was hit by a police van and suffered a very severe brain injury. Sheena’s story is told from her own, personal standpoint and also from two further unique and invaluable perspectives. Allan ...

Locked-in Syndrome after Brain Damage Living within my head

Locked-in Syndrome after Brain Damage: Living within my head

1st Edition

By Barbara Wilson, Paul Allen, Anita Rose, Veronika Kubickova
July 25, 2018

The newest title in the series Survivor Stories, this book tells the story of Paul Allen, a photographer who likes opera and was a good baritone singer. At the age of 56 he sustained a stroke that left him paralysed and speechless. He has Locked-In Syndrome (LIS), a rare consequence of brain damage...

A Different Perspective After Brain Injury A Tilted Point of View

A Different Perspective After Brain Injury: A Tilted Point of View

1st Edition

By Christopher Yeoh
June 16, 2017

Whilst preparing for his travel adventures into a world he had yet to explore, Christopher Yeoh was involved in a road traffic accident and experienced something few others would be "privileged" to witness. Eight days in a coma, more than a year in and out of hospital and a gradual re-introduction ...

Life After Encephalitis A Narrative Approach

Life After Encephalitis: A Narrative Approach

1st Edition

By Ava Easton
February 29, 2016

Encephalitis is a devastating condition whose impact upon people should not be underestimated. It robs people of abilities most of us take for granted, it leaves people without their loved ones, and even in those families where the person affected survives the person they once knew can be ...

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