Trouble in Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist's Casebook

ISBN : 9780199827008

Jenni A. Ogden
432 Pages
154 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2012
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In Trouble in Mind, neuropsychologist Jenni Ogden, author of Fractured Minds, transports the reader into the world of some of her most memorable neurological patients as she explores with compassion, insight, and vivid description the human side of brain damage. These are tales of patients who, as the result of stroke, brain tumor, car crash, or neurological disease, begin thinking and behaving strangely, and with their loved ones' support embark on the long journey to recovery, acceptance of disability and sometimes, death. There is Luke, the gang member who loses his speech but finds he can still sing his favorite blues number "Trouble in Mind," and HM, who teaches the world about memory and becomes the most studied single case in medical history. You will meet Julian, who misplaces his internal map of the human body, and Melody, a singer who risks losing her song when she undergoes brain surgery to cure her epilepsy. Then there is Kim with a severe head injury, and Sophie who has just enough time to put her house in order before Alzheimer's dementia steals her insight. For these and the many other patients whose stories are told in this book, the struggle to understand their disordered minds and disobedient bodies takes extraordinary courage, determination, and patience. For health professionals and researchers working with these patients, the ethical and emotional challenges can be as demanding as the intellectual and treatment decisions they make daily. Trouble In Mind is written in an accessible narrative style that is both accurate and intimate. It will be enjoyed by readers - whether students, researchers, or professionals in mental health and neuroscience, patients with neurological disorders and their families, or general readers - who want to learn more about brain disorders and the doctors who care for those who suffer them.


1. Backstory: The Basics of Clinical Neuropsychology
2. Lost for Words: Two Tales of Aphasia
3. Left Out, Right In! The Artist with Hemineglect
4. The CEO Has Left the Building: Control and the Frontal Lobes
5. The Man Who Misplaced His Body
6. The Mind-Blind Motorcyclist
7. HM and Elvis: A Special Memory
8. The Singer or the Song: A Pact with Epilepsy
9. The Amazing Woman: Half a Brain Will Do the Job!
10. Just a Few Knocks on the Head: The Concussion Conundrum
11. How To Get There: The Far Side of Severe Brain Injury
12. Shaken Up: Taking Control of Parkinson's Disease
13. Hard, Ain't It Hard: A Family's Fight with Huntington's Disease
14. The Long Goodbye: Coming to Terms with Alzheimer's Disease

About the author: 

Jenni Ogden holds a PhD in psychology and worked as a university professor, researcher and practitioner in the fields of clinical psychology and neuropsychology for 27 years. The author of the popular text, Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology, she now lives with her husband on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand and writes nonfiction, and fiction with a psychological or medical theme.

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