I've just been inspired to start writing a book. "Normal Is Irrelevant: The High IQ Brain Injury Book". On reading this article and its follow-ups and comments, I noticed so many parallels with experiences I thought were mine alone.
There are special issues with high-IQ TBI people. We present a fairly competent facade, so our problems aren't believed. Our brains used to be sources of pleasure - we miss that even more than the average person. We find it extra humiliating to suddenly be "stupid" because we always saw ourselves as a breed apart. We're pushy and argumentative about our symptoms, so they write us off as hypochondriac. And finally, once we've convinced someone to give us cognitive tests, we get average or above average results despite the fact our mental state is an absolute mess!
It seems obvious that someone needs to write a book on what happens when a high-IQ person gets a brain injury. An Amazon search has found nothing, so I'm going to take up the challenge. I would love some feedback from this community. Is a book needed? Which issues do I need to deal with? I want to include some anecdotes from individuals, to make it clear that this is a widespread issue and not simply mine.
It'll take a while to get the book together, since I'm working on a memoir right now. So this thread is simply for pointers and interest.