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A severe or minor brain trauma might seem like the end of the road in one's life. Some other people have not suffered any form of brain trauma but have difficulty paying attention to what they are doing. Others may find it difficult to remember conversations they've had with others. How My Brain Works by Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin provides insight into the assessment and care of numerous brain problems.
The author, Dr. Barbara, is a neuropsychologist with over thirty years of experience. The first part of the book is an in-depth discussion of what neuropsychology is and what a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation can accomplish. It discusses mind and body exercises for improving and maintaining brain health and highlights numerous ideas for a healthy lifestyle. Considering the fact that food plays a major role in our physical and mental wellbeing, the author shared favorite healthy meals recipes. There is also extensive discussion on organic cooking, and how to use commonly grown weeds, herbs, and edible flowers to enhance the flavor of meals. The book explains how brain trauma patients can make the best of their present circumstances and master their strengths.
This book is highly informative. It analyses different behavioral problems and links them to the workings of the brain. I am now better informed about mental health, and this has positively influenced my relationships with others. I appreciate the fact that the author presents facts in a logical and balanced way.
One outstanding feature of this book is the inclusion of real-life stories of patients who have been examined by the author over time. I learned so much from the treatment plans used by Dr. Barbara. The writing style of this book is simple and concise. Ideas are not shrouded in heavy grammar or obscure medical terms. I was practically glued to the book as I moved from one interesting section to another.
In chapter 14, the author discussed an effective way of discovering one's talent, which is very vital to deciding one's career path in life. This is my most favorite part of the book. On the other hand, my only dislike about this book is the repetition of some phrases in the text. However, this did not hinder my enjoyment of the book.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was professionally edited. It is a comprehensive store of knowledge on mental health and neuropsychological testing. Physicians and patients of brain trauma and their families will find this book valuable. Other readers who desire improved brain functioning would also find it helpful.
How My Brain Works
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