Head Injury by Trevor Powell 

The best book I've read on head injury. A professional recommended it to me after my TRAUMATIC HEAD INJURY. I stupidly gave it away in an act of kindness years ago. I accidentally came across it when looking for a book online recently and ordered it from Headway- I am so happy to have a new copy! It helps me make sense of a world that I still find confusing.

'Every year, out of 100,000 of the population, there is likely to be between 10 and 15 people suffering a severe head injury.'

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  • You mean this? shop.headway.org.uk/shop/he...

    Or this? shop.headway.org.uk/shop/th...

    I have the second one, it's full of practical advice, information and special exercises designed to make you think. Highly recommended...

  • Yes the 1st I bought and received at the weekend (think I got my first copy from Waterstones about 18 years ago). And that second one looks exactly what I need! I'm going to look into getting a voluntary position somewhere through Headway. All the work I've done has ended really badly and I have reached a place mentally where I don't know where to even start looking for work. I used to be able to do contract work in promotion but the paperwork became too difficult being self-employed.

    Thank you so much, I couldn't have reached the stage of finding a second self-help, it didn't even occur to me there would be a second one to help with problems. That is those missing connections- I never get those 'light bulb' moments ha!

  • It's really useful, each topic has useful information on e.g. apathy and there are some good strategies to deal with it. It's probably more aimed at carers of those with BI or psychologists who're helping people to overcome their problems, but it's still very useful for the BI survivor. There are also some exercises for testing e.g. verbal skills, as a studious type I enjoyed these and they helped me feel confident that I don't have major cognitive issues. I wish I knew about it 16 years ago however.

    I think I know what you mean, I often rely on others to inspire me that self-motivation isn't always reliable. When people sometimes ask me what I'm doing and I tell them not a lot, they sometimes question why I'm not doing more, I don't really have an answer. I don't know what it is, that I lack energy, motivation, inspiration or what? Or I'm just trying to avoid trouble and playing it safe. I find it strange that I can look and act normal but don't behave like a normal person, who feels like there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything they want.

  • Hi Aqua, Jules here.

    Trever Powell was my Neuro Consultant (in London I think - might be Leeds) in the early days. He was such a kind knowledgeable person and seeme to be very well respected.

    I tried reading one of his books, but as always i couldnt 'see' all the words.

    My partner produced an email this morning - it was about an audio thing for cognitive improvement - i am going to try it. Its produced by a Prof Jason Satafield from America.

    Kind regards

    Jules

    x

  • He was recommended to me by some head injury professional many moons ago! Excellent that he has reached a few of us on here in different ways. I can imagine him being kind and knowledgeable :)

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