I don’t know about you, but I’m not a brain doctor. These books will give you context, education and resources for healing. Read them in this order. 

  1. The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back 


This is the first piece of literature that explains exactly what it’s like to have a brain injury. It puts the injury in scientific context and explains why and how concussed patients must function. Because of my injury, it’s often difficult to articulate my symptoms and how I’ve learned to function. This book allowed me to show my husband what it’s like for a brain injured patient. It gave us a language to speak about my recovery and was the launching point for sympathy, patience, communication and further recovery. 

I have never found another piece of brain injury recovery content as helpful for patients or care givers. Anyone who knows anyone with a brain injury should read this. 

About the author: Clark Elliott, PhD, was a professor of artificial intelligence an cognitive science at DePaul University for over thirty years. He sustained a brain injury that took him over a decade to recover from. This book contains excerpts from his diary throughout that time. 

  1. The Brain’s way of Healing


In Doidge’s first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, he proves a scientific fact that has been unknown for hundreds of years: THE BRAIN CAN HEAL ITSELF. Neuroplasticity is the ability the brain has to change its own structure. In this book he explains how. He talks about non-invasive ways to encourage and activate parts of the brain that have been injuried or dormant. The entire book is full of real life examples of patients with chronic pain, debilitating injuries, children on the autistic spectrum, Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries and more who have experienced recovery because of these techniques. 

This is a look into how using functional neurology can allow the brain to heal itself.  

  1. How to feed a brain 


The food we eat changes the function of our brain. This book will teach you about brain-enhancing nutrients. The book includes printable worksheets and lists to assist you in your transition to feeding your brain what it needs. 

This book is for anyone who wants to improve the function of their brain. The author sustained a traumatic brain injury and spent years doing research and meeting with professionals so that he could compile all of this information.