Retraining the Brain

A 45-Day Plan to Conquer Stress and Anxiety

Author: Frank Lawlis

Publisher: Penguin


Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

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Stress relief that works from the New York Times bestselling author of The ADD Answer and the chief content advisor for the Dr. Phil show With his bestselling books, Frank Lawlis has brought psychological relief to millions. In his latest book, he addresses one of the most common challenges of everyday life - dealing with stress and anxiety. In Retraining the Brain, Dr. Lawlis clearly explains the neurological factors that make stress so traumatizing and lays out a powerful plan for changing our brains to improve the way we cope. The secret is to take advantage of our brain plasticity, our ability to essentially reprogram the way we think simply by following this forty-five-day program to change our behavior. Drawing on his work at his renowned clinic, Dr. Lawlis takes us through the different types of stressors and shows how we can apply the principles of brain plasticity to hardwire new, healthier response patterns. With its simple but effective exercises, Retraining the Brain offers an exciting new method for reducing stress and increasing our overall happiness.

Retrain Your Brain for Joy

31 Mini-Adventures

Author: Mary Henderson

Publisher: WestBow Press


Category: Religion

Page: 182

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Make joy a habit and transform your life! You can train your brain to experience each day with increasingly greater joy! Dive into this one-month plan of simple activities that keeps you creatively engaged and stimulated as you develop a consistently joyful outlook. Research tells us that it takes a month of daily practice to acquire a new habit. These thirty-one mini-adventures are designed to produce a consistent mindset of joy that overflows into everything you do. More than a modern-day self-help solution, this approach has been around for centuries—even millennia. It’s what the apostle Paul wrote about in 61 AD amidst a lifestyle of impoverishment, criticism, and hardship. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NASB). Wherever you are in life, whether facing minimal or major obstacles, you can train your brain to experience greater joy and fulfillment. As you start on this adventure, it will be like playing a game throughout your day, creating a secret inner-life that keeps you smiling inwardly, even through mundane tasks. Along the way, you’re transforming your mindset and creating new lifelong habits. So onward and upward—into the light! Features: * Questions for individual, couple, family, or group use. * Leader’s guide for eight weeks of group study. * Thirty-one adventure cards for inspiration and note-taking throughout the day.

The Rehabilitation of Cognitive Disabilities

Author: Charles J. Long

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Psychology

Page: 246

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The rehabilitation of intellectual impairment resulting from brain injury has become a major professional activity of clinical neuropsychologists. In recent years, neuropsychology has developed from a professional role stressing assessment and diagnosis to one that now includes treatment and rehabilitation activities. Such trends are also manifested in two new research interests of neuropsychologists: the study of the generalizability of neuropsychological test findings to everyday abilities, often referred to as the "ecological validity" of tests, and outcome studies of cognitive retraining treatments. Discovering the relationships between traditional neuropsychological tests and everyday behavior is important because the referral questions posed to neuropsychologists have changed. Now, the neuropsychologist is asked to comment on the patient's functional intellectual abilities as they relate to the everyday demands of home, work and educational settings. Of course, the development of cognitive retraining theory and procedures allows neuropsychologists to intervene in the treatment of the cognitive problems that the neuropsychological evaluation has documented. Since these approaches are still in their formative stages, they have been the subject of clinical lore, great controversy and little systematic research. This situation prompted one of our presenters to lament, "Either you believe Cognitive Retraining is divinly inspired, or the work of the devil. " There is apparently little middle ground. Given this state of affairs, the program committee of the Mid-South Conference on Human Neuropsychology decided to focus on the role of neuropsychologists in rehabilitation.

Retraining Cognition

Techniques and Applications

Author: Rick Parenté



Category: Brain damage

Page: 275

View: 778

Summarizes many of the techniques developed over the past two decades for restoring a person's mental processes after injury to the brain, and the theoretical underpinnings in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and speech and language therapy. The topics include the neuropsychology of thinking,

Brain Sense

The Science of the Senses and How We Process the World Around Us

Author: Faith Hickman Brynie

Publisher: AMACOM


Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 340

Complex and crucially important, the senses collect the massive amount of information we need to navigate daily life, and serve as a filter between our inner selves and the larger world. But the science of how the senses work has been little understood—until now. New research is rapidly uncovering fascinating insights into how the brain processes sensory information. It’s not simply a matter of the brain controlling the senses; the senses actually stimulate brain development. For example, the brain’s sound-processing centers mature properly only when sound impulses trigger them to do so—which is why cochlear implants are best used before the age of three. Brain Sense reveals this and a wealth of findings on how the brain and senses interact, as it examines each of the five major senses: touch, smell, taste, vision, and hearing. With eloquent writing and gripping stories, the author deploys a rare gift for explaining complex scientific ideas in a way that is clear and comprehensible. She introduces the scientists at the forefront of “brain sense” studies—neurologists, brain mappers, bio­chemists, physicians, cognitive psychologists, and others—as well as real-life people who are contributing to the research and benefiting from its practical applications, such as haptic devices to assist people who have lost limbs or rehabilitative software for those who have suffered impairments to their motion vision. You’ll find new research that explains: • Why placebos work by changing the way the brain processes pain • How humans respond to pheromones in the same manner as other animals • How taste is highly influenced by expectations of taste • Why color significantly aids the ability to remember an object • How the capacity for language is already at work in newborn babies • What happens in the brain to produce sensory experiences such as déjà vu and phantom limb pain • And much more Expansive and enlightening, Brain Sense shows us that the brain is both flexible and variable, and the reality that we construct based on inputs gathered from the senses differs from person to person. It sheds a much-needed light on the elusive workings of the extraordinary human brain.

Handbook of Head Trauma

Acute Care to Recovery

Author: Charles J. Long

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Medical

Page: 442

View: 415

Providing a thorough collection of information regarding clinical aspects of head injury from acute care to recovery, this treatise interrelates a variety of neural specialties and broadens the rehabilitation process to include the family.

Behavioral Interventions with Brain-Injured Children

Author: A. MacNeill Horton Jr.

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Psychology

Page: 216

View: 350

This is the first volume to integrate neuropsychology and behavior therapy into a comprehensive, cohesive assessment and treatment methodology. Of particular value is a discussion of how to integrate multiple sources of information and criteria for selecting treatment techniques. The work will appeal to a wide audience including neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and special educators.

Brain Injury Medicine

Principles and Practice

Author: Douglas I Katz, MD

Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing


Category: Medical

Page: 176

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A Doody's Core Title 2012 Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the management issues involved in caring for the person with brain injury - from early diagnosis and evaluation through the post-acute period and rehabilitation. It is the definitive core text needed by all practitioners in this area, including physiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, nurses, and other health care professionals. Written by over 100 acknowledged leaders in the field, and containing hundreds of tables, graphs, and photographic images, the text deals with issues of neuroimaging and neurodiagnostic testing, prognosis and outcome, acute care, rehabilitative care, treatment of specific populations, neurologic problems following injury, neuromusculoskeletal problems, and general management issues. Key features include: Emphasis on a disease state management approach to patient assessment and treatment Promotion of a holistic, biopsychosocial model of patient assessment and care Review of current expert consensus on practice guidelines Exploration of epidemiologic and basic pathophysiologic aspects of brain injury Examination of clinical issues throughout the continuum of rehabilitative care Cutting edge, practical information based on the authors' extensive clinical experience that will positively impact patients and families following brain injury

Cognitive Awareness Training - for everyone!

Author: The Cruz Team

Publisher: The Cruz Team


Category: Self-Help

Page: 70

View: 288

Cognitive Awareness Training for everyone is a simple guide with coping skills to help you navigate through the emotional side effects of everyday life based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive awarenss and positive psychology. These self-help concepts address unhealthy ways of thinking. Nothing in this manual is intended to be a substitute for professional therapy, counseling or medical attention. Results will vary depending on the intensity and regularity of their individual application. Success depends on YOU!