It is difficult to imagine what it must be like for someone following the personal crisis and catastrophe that ensues as a result of a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). The individual is confronted with a huge range of alterations in his or her normal functioning, operating at the biological, psychological and social levels. All of these changes are also occurring to an individual who has just had a near-death experience, culminating not too surprisingly in the reflections "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?"
As a result, these individuals can develop a wide range of behavioural, emotional, and psychiatric conditions following the injury, including depression, bipolar disorder, secondary mania, psychotic states, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobic disorders, and generalized anxiety disorders, to name a few. In addition, these individuals can also be subject to a number of neuropsychiatric syndromes, including disorders of drive, disorders of impulse control, and disturbance of neurovegetative functioning.
This book presents the current state of our knowledge of the behavioural and emotional effects that can occur as sequelae of TBI, and addresses issues associated with their differential diagnosis and the neurobiological mechanisms by which these might occur.
The book will prove an excellent resource not only for clinicians who practice as psychiatrists, behavioural neurologists, clinical neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists, but also for psychologists in advanced training and for anyone who is involved in caring for or working with individuals with TBI.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. The Post-Concussional Syndrome. 3. Anxiety Disorders. 4. Mood Disorders. 5. Reality Distortion: Psychosis, Denial and Deficits in the Social Perception of Emotion. 6. Abnormal Illness Behaviour: The Factitious Disorders, Somatization and Malingering. 7. Organic Personality Change. 8. Neurovegetative Disorders. 9. Disturbances of Sexual Functioning. 10. Synthesis and Conclusion
"Behavioral and Emotional Complications of Traumatic Brain Injury is an excellent volume that would be useful to both the clinician or researcher at more advanced career levels and the advanced student beginning to focus his/her work on specifi c diagnostic entities. I highly recommend this book to all with a vested interest in increasing their understanding of persons with TBI." – Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., Kessler Foundation Research Center, West Orange, New Jersey, in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (2009).
"Crowe has written a useful and scholarly book that addresses many of the issues regarding what we know and don’t know about the consequences of TBI. Workers in the field will find it helpful as a source book, and graduate students will find it useful for its systematic organization of a diverse literature and as an introduction of theoretical considerations relevant to clinical questions." – Prof. Leonard Diller, NYU Langone Medical Center, in PsycCRITIQUES
"This is an excellent text that will cross disciplines with respect to adult providers and researchers. It truly has the potential to be one of the outstanding texts in TBI, and it should serve clinicians and researchers as an evidence-based reference text for years to come." - Stephen R. Hooper, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
"In total, this text offers unique insight into the recovery of TBI by focusing on the emotional and behavioral changes that are ever-present followung such an event. This text serves as a welcome addition to the Studies on Neuropsychology, Neurology, and Cognition series and to the existing literature on TBI as a whole." - Mark T. Barisa, Department of Neuropsychology, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis