A Dented Image: Journeys of recovery from subarachnoid haemorrhage

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-08-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Every year, 8,500 people in the UK will have a subarachnoid haemorrhage, of whom about 50 per cent will survive this traumatic brain injury which often occurs without warning. Survivors can make a 'good' neurological recovery but the psychosocial impact can be longer lasting. Drawing from her own experience of surviving a subarachnoid haemorrhage, together with other people's journeys of recovery and recent research findings, Alison Wertheimer covers: themes of recovery leaving neurocare and early days of recovery looking for help physical, sensory and cognitive effects the emotional impact of subarachnoid haemorrhage the survivor's relationship with family and friends returning to work what helped the survivors with their recovery subarachnoid haemorrhage as a life-changing event. A Dented Image will be of interest to a wide-ranging audience: survivors and their families and friends; health professionals working with people recovering from acute brain injury in hospital and community-based services includingdoctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other members of rehabilitation teams. It may also be of interest to people recovering from other traumatic illnesses or injuries.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Setting the Scenep. 23
Backgroundp. 25
Subarachnoid haemorrhage: an introductionp. 33
Personal experiences of subarachnoid haemorrhagep. 40
Aspects of recoveryp. 52
Recoveryp. 67
Leaving hospitalp. 69
Looking for helpp. 83
Physical and sensory effectsp. 103
Cognitive functioningp. 117
The emotional impact of subarachnoid haemorrhagep. 128
Family, friends and workp. 151
Family and friendsp. 153
Social life and leisure activitiesp. 170
Employment: changes and alternativesp. 182
Making sense of it allp. 199
Finding ways through recovery: what helpedp. 201
Changed livesp. 219
Table of participating survivorsp. 240
Useful organizationsp. 241
Support groupsp. 243
Glossaryp. 244
Referencesp. 246
Indexp. 252
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