Resource Library – Books on Brain Injury-Related Self-Help

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    Books on Brain Injury-Related Self-Help
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    1. Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve
    Stanley Rosenberg
    This book illustrates the simple ways we can regulate the vagus nerve in order to initiate deep relaxation, improve sleep, and recover from injury and trauma.
    2. Brain Food
    Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D., INHC
    This book will appeal to anyone looking to improve memory, prevent cognitive decline, eliminate brain fog, lift depression, or just sharpen their edge.
    3. Brain Hacks
    Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D.
    This book helps anyone improve their executive functioning skills, and even those who have struggled with them can transform from being controlled by their brain to being in control of it.
    4. Brain Maker
    David Perlmutter, MD
    This book explains how nurturing your gut health with a few easy strategies can dramatically alter your brain's destiny for the better.
    5. Brain: The Complete Mind: How It Develops, How It Works, and How to Keep It Sharp
    Michael S. Sweeney
    This book features the latest discoveries about improving and optimizing mental acuity right alongside sidebars on breakthrough moments in neuroscience. Explained here also are the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the brain, addressed in accessible, engaging language. It is written for the layperson and the professional alike.
    6. Build a Better Brain
    Peter Hollens
    A book that takes a deep look into the roots of conscious and unconscious behavior. An introduction to neuroscience, but written for non-scientists and packed with advice.
    7. Cluttered Mess to Organized Success
    Cassandra Aarssen
    This book offers over 100 beautifully designed organizational tools that will help you declutter and organize your entire life.
    8. Desensitizing Anger
    John Demarco M.Ed., LPC
    Reading this book is like a personal training course in anger management by learning the root cause of your anger, understanding the connection between your automatic thoughts and your anger, and more.
    9. Discover the Power Within You
    Eric Butterworth
    Butterworth demonstrates that the existence of this divine dimension in each individual is the greatest discovery of all time. He explains the universality of such vital subjects as: how to succeed; how to pray; how to find confidence; how to overcome personal problems; and how to find healing.
    10. Finish What you Start
    Peter Hollens
    A unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done. it takes a thorough look why we are sometimes stuck, and gives detailed, step-by-step solutions you can start using today.
    11. Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy
    Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.
    Shapiro explains the brain science in layman's terms and provides simple exercises that readers can do at home to understand their automatic responses and achieve real change.
    12. Group Exercises for Addiction Counseling
    Geri Miller
    Providing immediate useful group counseling suggestions and tips for addictions counselor with powerful techniques that can be adapted to any clinical practice.
    13. Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care: Answers for Everyday Health Problems
    Mayo Clinic and Philip T. Hagen, M.D.
    This book is intended to help you manage some common medical problems with techniques that can be performed safely at home or work to relieve your discomfort or resolve your problem. some of this information may help you avoid a trip to the clinic or emergency room; in other cases, we let you know when you need to see a medical professional.
    14. Handbook of Emotions
    Michael Lewis, Jeannette M. Haviland-Jones, and Lisa Feldman Barrett
    This handbook comprehensively examines all aspects of emotion and its role in human behavior.
    15. I Want to Change My Life
    Steven M. Melemis, Ph.D. M.D.
    This book is a five-point plan that will help you identify what you need to change in order to be happier, and give you the coping skillls to achieve your goals.
    16. Improving Your Memory for Dummies
    John B. Arden, Ph.D.
    This book offers clever tricks to help you remember what you want to remember by discovering how memory works and how to enhance it in all types of situations.
    18. Mapping the Mind
    Rita Carter
    Award-winning journalist Rita Carter draws on the latest imaging technology and science to chart how human behavior and personality reflect the biological mechanisms behind thought and emotion.
    17. Making Sense of Humor
    Lila Green
    This book compiles hundreds of ways to create more humor in all aspects of your life - at work, at home, in your associations with family and friends, in your time by yourself.
    19. Mindfulness an Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
    Mark Williams and Danny Penman
    This book reveals the secrets to living a happier life - one that's less anxious, less stressful, and less exhausting.
    20. Mindfulness Descongestiona Tu Mente
    Ronna Browning
    Se ha demostrado clínicamente que la práctica del mindfulness per reduce los niveles de estrés, reduce los niveles de ansiedad y mejora el estado de ánimo.
    21. The Clutter Connection
    Cassandra Aarssen
    In this book Aarssen, examines the connection between personality types and how they directly relate to organization and clutter.
    23. The Brain's Way of Healing
    Norman Doidge, M.D.
    This book introduces readers to the most important shift in our understanding of the brain since the beginning of modern science: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - the phenomenon of neuroplasticity.
    24. The Brain Workout Book
    Snowdon Parlette
    This book provides exercises for all the major brain functions at several different levels.
    25. The Brain Warrior's Way
    Daniel G. Amen, M.D and Tana Amen, BSN, RN
    This book is your arsenal for winning the fight to live a better life. The AMens will guide you through the process and give you the tools to take control. So if you're serious about your health, either out of desire or of necessity, its time to arm yourself and head into battle.
    26. The Brain Fog Fix
    Dr. Mike Dow
    This book is an easy-to-follow three-week program designed to help naturally restore three of your brain's most crucial hormones: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol.
    27. The Body Keeps the Score
    Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
    This book uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers' capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust.
    28. The Better Brain Book
    David Perlmutter, M.D., FACN
    This book explains how everyday memory-loss problems - misplacing your car keys, forgetting a name, losing concentration in meetings - are actually warning signs of a distressed brain, and offers a simple plan for repairing those problems, and regaining and maintaining clarity.
    29. The 30 Min Brain Diet Protocol
    Connor Thompson
    A book for if you would like to improve your brain's health, your memory, and cognitive function with diets, recipes, and food.
    30. The 21 Day Self-Confidence Challenge
    21 Day Challenges
    An easy and step-by-step approach to overcome self-doubt and low self-esteem and start developing solid self-confidence.
    31. Terapia Cognitiva Conductual
    Daniel Wallace's
    Supera los Pensamientos Negativos, la Ansiedad y la Depresión. Mantén la Atencion y vuelve a Entrenar tu Cerebro con la más Efectiva Psicoterapia.
    32. Teaching Mindfulness
    Donald McCown, Diane Reibel, and Marc S. Micozzi
    This book gives you applications on the use of mindfulness-based interventions in medicine, mental healthcare, and education have been expanding as rapidly as the empirical evidence base that is validating and recommending them.
    33. Successful Time Management for Dummies
    Dirk Zeller
    This friendly guide can help change your work day as it is filled with practical tips on managing distractions, fighting procrastination, and optimizing your workspace, it offers you a tried-and-true roadmap for taking back precious hours to make the most of every minute of every day.
    34. Substance Abuse: Clinical Issues in Intensive Outpatient Treatment
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    This book addresses the practical needs of treatment providers as they design and implement intensive outpatient treatment programs.
    35. Rewire Your Brain Think Your Way to A Better Life
    John B. Arden, Ph.D.
    A book that guides you through this breakthrough process, revealing how to minimize your anxiety and enhance your brain's longevity in order to live a vibrant life free of self-imposed limitations.
    36. Rewire Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits Overcome Addictions Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior
    Richard O'Connor, Ph.D.
    Using new research and knowledge about how the brain works, the book clears a path to lasting, effective change for behavior that include: procrastination, overbearing, chronic disorginizaton, staying in bad situations, excessive worrying, risk taking, passive aggresion, and self-medication.
    37. Remembering Smell
    Bonnie Blodgett
    A story about a gardener's sudden loss of smell - from her single use of an over-the-counter nasal spray - leads to a deeper understanding of the impact of smell on our ability to think, speak, and love.
    38. Organize Your Life Using iOS 5 on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
    Michelle Ranae Wild
    The purpose of this workbook is to help individuals with cognitive challenges learn to use iOS 5 on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch while also learning about various compensation techniques.
    39. Nourish Your Noggin
    Tina M. Sullivan
    Brain-building foods and easy-to-make recipes to hasten your healing from mild traumatic brain injury.
    40. Neuro-Discipline
    Peter Hollens
    This book tells the tale of two battling brains, and why we are predisposed to laziness and energy conservation.
    22. Minding My Mitochondria
    Terry L. Wahls, M.D.
    A practical guide to understanding mitochondrial health and the steps you can take to improve your brain's function and health.
    41. Mindfulness Starts Here
    Lynette Monteiro, Ph.D and Frank Musten, Ph.D.
    In this book you learn how mindfulness works through simple, clear explanations. the instructions and practices show you how to pay attention to your life so you can make skillful decisions.
    42. The Human Brain Coloring Book
    M.C. Diamond/A.B. Scheibel/ L.M. ELson
    This book provides a means of learning about the structure and function of the human brain, through a process of coloring-by-direction.
    43. The Mind and The Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
    Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D and Sharon begley
    Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.
    44. The Mindful Mind
    Som Bathla
    In this book, it will help you to understand how mindfulness can bring the real joy and peace in your life back. You will learn the scientific benefits to help you live life in abundant way in all areas of your life.
    45. The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
    Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D.
    This book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for self-healing.
    46. The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety
    John P. Forsyth, Ph.D and George H. Eifert, Ph.D
    Workbook that provides a powerful, step-by-step program to help people break free from anxiety, phobias, and worry by using acceptance and commitment therapy.
    47. The Mindfulness Solution to Pain
    Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix with Lucie Costin-Hall, MA
    This book offers a revolutionary new treatment approach, mindfulness-based chronic pain management, that helps you harness your mind's power to quiet your pain and put you in control.
    48. The Opposite Field
    Jesse Katz
    A memoir about a story of the losing and finding of self, of sex and love and fatherhood and the joy of language, of death and failure and heartbreak, of los Angeles and Portland and Nicaragua and mexico and the shifting sands of place and meaning that can make up a culture and a community or home.
    49. The Power of Neurodiversity
    Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.
    A revolutionary, inspiring guide, illuminating critical information such as what recent research says about the specific strengths found in people with dyslexia, ADHD, autism and other mental health diagnosis, how to construct the ideal environmental niche for a neurodiverse person, etc.
    50. The Scent of Desire
    Rachel Herz, Ph.D.
    A book that traces the importance of smell in our lives, from nourishment to procreation to our relationships with the people closest to us and the world at large.
    51. The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success
    Peg Dawson, Ed.D and Richard guare, Ph.D.
    A book that has research that shows that today's 24/7 wired world and the growing demands of work and family life may simply max out the part of the brain that manages complex tasks. leading experts Peg Dawson and Richard Guare help you map your own executive skills profile and take effective steps to boost your organizational skills, time management, emotional control, and nine other essential capacities.
    52. Training Your Brain for Dummies
    Dr. Tracy Packiam Alloway
    This guide offers everything you need to know to keep your brain and memory in tip-top shape.
    53. Why Isn't My Brain Working?
    Datis Kharrazian
    This novel will teach you easy-to-understand strategies to save and improve your brain function. you will learn how simple diet and lifestyle changes and nutritional therapy can profoundly impact your brain health and thus the quality of your life.
    54. Women and Depression
    A booklet on depression and how it affects women.