Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook

Douglas Mason, Psy.D.
Workbook for adults, veterans and families on mild traumatic brain injury and concussion symptoms with strategies and exercises for improving attention, memory and executive functions. Covers physical changes, senses, attention, memory, cognitive communication, visuospatial processing, depression, and anxiety with practical exercises.
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This is an easy to understand overview of mild traumatic brain injury and description of symptoms and post concussion syndrome. The reader is given checklists and forms to record symptoms and set goals. Clear explanations guide the reader through the anatomy of the brain and what happens to the brain after a mild brain injury. There are specific chapters on physical aspects, the senses, attention, memory, cognitive communication, visuospatial processing, depression, and anxiety.

This workbook is filled with exercises on cognitive effects of mild brain injury as well as the psychological and emotional difficulties that can accompany changes in memory, attention and communication.

ISBN# 978-157224361-3
Pages 174 pages, 8½ x 11, softcover
Year 2004


Douglas J. Mason, Psy.D

Dr Mason is a neuropsychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of people with cognitive dysfunction. He completed his internship at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville TN, and his residency at Duke University in Durham, NC.

He has served on the state of Florida’s Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Council.


Importance of professional help
Effort is essential
Exercise your mind
Heal your brain
One step, one day at a tine

Chapter 1: An Overview of MTB
Warning signs related to traumatic brain injury
Incidence of TBI
Symptoms of MTBI

  • Gauging your symptoms
  • Symptom checklist
  • The symptoms of post concussive syndrome
  • Letter search
Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Brain
The five cognitive domains
The four lobes
Important brain regions related to cognition
  • Cognitive domains
  • Maze 1
  • Cognitive domains
Chapter 3: What Happens to the Brain after an MTBI
Types of MTBI
The varieties of damage in MTBI
How MTBI affects your brain function
  • Maze 2
Chapter 4: Measuring the Severity of the Injury
Guaging severity
When is hospitalization necessary?
  • Symptom severity rating scale
  • Cognitive anagrams
  • Maze 3
Chapter 5: Setting Goals
Set goals for yourself
Use your goals as a guide
  • Maze 4
  • Establishing goals
  • Number search
Chapter 6: Managing Your Medical Care
Choose one primary care physician
Your neurocognitive rehabilitation team
The neurological evaluation
  • Maze 5
Chapter 7: Physical Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury
Poor balance
Moving toward rehabilitation
  • Symbol search
Chapter 8: The Senses
The complexity of the senses
  • Maze 6
  • Testing your cranial nerves
Chapter 9 Attention
Review of maze exercises
Take a look
Tuning in to attention
  • Selective attention
  • Alternating attention
  • Divided attention
  • Improving your attention
  • Active attention vs passive attention, part 1
  • Active attention vs passive attention, part 2
  • Review the attention exercises
  • Taking it to the outside world
Chapter 10: Memory
An overview of memory
The left brain or the right brain?
Building memory muscle
A word on relaxation
Additional help
  • Visual or verbal memory orientation
  • Cleaning the attic – free recall vs recognition
  • Talking to remember
Chapter 11: Cognitive Communication
Language and cognition
Recovering your language abilities
Language in your life
  • Verbal association                                  
  • Word puzzles                                    
  • Purposeful pronunciation and compulsory comprehension
Chapter 12: Visuospatial Processing
The way that vision works
Repairing your visuospatial deficits
Your sight, your world
  • Block decipher
  • Visual discrimination
  • Locate the regions of the brain
  • Figure ground       
Chapter 13: Depression
Depression and MTBI are intertwined
The problem of depression and MTBI
Seeking professional help
A word of reassurance
  • Depression assessment
  • The downward arrow
Chapter 14: Anxiety
The nature of anxiety
Anxiety and MTBI
Relaxation every day
  • Learning to relax
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Abdominal breathing
  • Guided visualization
Conclusion: Putting It All Together
Goals review

In closing



Because you picked up this book, we can assume that you or a family member has undergone one of the most challenging medical injuries existing – mild traumatic brain injury, or MTBI. MTBI is a cluster of psychological and emotional difficulties that occur when a person has had severe trauma to the head. It is a curable condition, but many people live with these types of injuries without any medical guidance or psychological assistance. The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook represents a multistep approach to addressing your injuries. Throughout the book I will provide you with education on head injuries and information about what you might expect while navigating your course of recovery. This book will guide you through the process of examining where your deficits may be and help you to determine to what degree these deficits may affect you. I will give you the tools to better understand how the injury impacts your life and how to deal with this impact.

The exercises within this book serve many purposes. They will help you to quantify the level of damage you’ve experienced and identify your strengths. The exercises have been tested by more than a hundred patients with different levels of brain injury and are designed to examine and treat very specific regions of the brain. With the information we gain from the exercises, you can compare your performance with that of others and determine your level of impairment. Therefore, the process of recovery will coincide with identifying and addressing your symptoms. As you progress through the book and complete the exercises, I will guide you in examining and quantifying different aspects of your cognitive function (the operation of your mind and thoughts).

Your recovery process will not only include the cognitive aspects of healing – those related to thinking – but will also encompass the emotional influences, social impacts, professional consequences, and economic hardships that you may encounter. This recovery process will initially entail some retraining of cognitive functions like attention, emotions, and memory. We will also explore strategies that will help you compensate for your specific identified deficits and begin to rebuild cognitive function. We will set and achieve realistic goals that will guide your recovery.

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