1st Edition

Neuropsychological Consequences of COVID-19 Life After Stroke and Balint's Syndrome

    120 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    120 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Neuropsychological Consequences of COVID-19 focuses on Anjana’s journey as a COVID survivor following a brain injury that left her with a very rare neuropsychological syndrome called Balint’s syndrome, a disorder associated with difficulties in visual and spatial coordination. It is also the first book of its kind to provide a first-hand account from India on surviving brain injury, from diagnosis, recovery and rehabilitation, providing the therapeutic milieu in the Indian context and exploring cultural influences on rehabilitation.


    Written jointly by Anjana, her neuropsychologist and the international experts in the field of neuropsychology who were also involved in her diagnosis and care, the book highlights how COVID-19, a virus primarily affecting the respiratory system, can also result in a disabling brain injury. It describes Anjana’s recovery and the rehabilitation she received and provides a deeper understanding of this experience of a very rare condition through the views of Anjana herself. In addition, Anjana’s rehabilitation journey stumbles upon many important themes of rehabilitation including cultural sensitivity, personal identity, resilience, role of family and rehabilitation in a low to middle income country.

    This book is valuable reading for clinical and neuropsychologists, neurologists, other rehabilitation therapists including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and social work professionals, particularly those interested in cross cultural rehabilitation. It will also be of interest to students in these fields.

    1. Balint’s Syndrome: What Is It, How to Assess It and Can It Be Treated?  2. Anjana’s Assessment and Diagnosis 3. The Calm Before the Storm: A Personal Perspective 4. The Therapeutic Milieu in the Indian Context 5. Goal Negotiation and the Rehabilitation Programme 6. Life After the Storm 7. What It Means to Be Blind When You Can See 8. Change in Identity After My Stroke 9. The Big Fat Indian Family of Therapists 10. Final Words and Conclusions


    Jwala Narayanan is a Consultant Neuropsychologist at the Annasawmy Mudaliar General Hospital and Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, India.

    Anjana Xavier has been a single mother for a very long time and her desire to succeed and see her kids succeed was her driving force. She has also been an educator for most of her life, and the thing that excited her most was making creative content to engage students and enrich their learning experience.

    Jonathan Evans is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow, UK.

    Narinder Kapur is visiting Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London and Honorary Consultant Neuropsychologist at Imperial College NHS Trust, UK. Professor Kapur has his own website of helpful Neuropsychology diagnostic and rehabilitation talks and tools, www.neuropsychologyresources.com.

    Barbara Wilson is a clinical neuropsychologist who has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for 45 years. She has published 33 books, 205 peer reviewed papers, 125 chapters and 8 europsychological tests and has won many awards for her work including an OBE from the Queen.