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Trouble In Mind: Stories From A Neuropsychologist's Casebook

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In Trouble In Mind, neuropsychologist Jenni Ogden, author of Fractured Minds, transports the reader into the worlds of 15 of her most memorable neurological patients. There is Luke, the gang member who loses his speech but finds he can still sing, and HM, who by losing his memory becomes the most studied single case in medical history. You will meet Julian, who misplaces h ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published January 5th 2012)
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May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jenni Ogden’s Trouble in Mind pulls you into the lives of several individuals with vastly different brain disorders. Each personal story flows effortlessly, with clinical information presented so accessibly, that it’s easy to forget you are reading a doctor’s casebook! Several times I found myself shaking my head in disbelief or exhaling deeply at the oddball diagnosis or sheer enormity of the challenges these individuals faced, yet Ogden captures each person's essence and inner self in a way th ...more
Stella poopypants
Apr 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Read this for my neuropsych class and loved it for the most part. Super digestible way to learn about pathologies. She also takes a patient-focused approach which is the kinda healthcare I’m tryna do if that’s what I end up doing hahahaha lololol I have no clue
Jenni Ogden
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neuroscience
As I wrote in my review for "Fractured Minds" it does not seem appropriate to put a star quality against one's own book! However, I note that many authors do give their own books 5 stars, perhaps just to get the reviewing started... Also having spent blood, sweat and possibly even tears over writing it, deep down authors may truly score it as amazing. And to write a book and see it published is certainly no mean achievement. Nevertheless, my only way of rationalizing this 5-star review is by vir ...more
Jenni Ogden
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This Australian edition of "Trouble In Mind" published by Scribe Publications differs from the Oxford University Press, New York, edition in that it begins with a brief preface and then goes straight to the case studies, and the original Introductory chapter on the basics of clinical neuropsychology and neuroanatomy are included as appendices at the end. It has UK/Australian spelling and a striking new cover, and as well as in trade paperback is available as a Kindle, Kobo and iBook (at least to ...more
Karishma Jethmalani
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely brilliant book, and feels more like a storytelling than a non-fiction which makes it very readable!

This book is a great way to learn about the human brain from the perspective of a kind and compassionate neuropsychologist, Jenni Ordgen.

This book is a good blend of neuroscience and psychology as it not only takes you through the technical aspects of the disease, but also through the minds of the the sufferers and how they come to terms with the disease, their back stories
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice collection of case studies that provide good descriptions and background information of the various patients, rather than just focusing on the neuropsych data. The cases are much more typical of what a neuropsychologist would see in practice, rather than the rare and bizarre ones you read about with Oliver Sachs. Good book for students to help them understand various disorders.
Apr 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
I read this book for class and ended up enjoying it a lot. Ogden writes about a series of case studies and manages to portray each one from a more humanistic point of view. A lot of the stories were heartbreaking, but served as reminders for why I want to go into this field.
Emma Codd
New Zealand author, Jenni Ogden, has taught, researched and practised in the fields of clinical psychology and neuropsychology for 27 years. Now, in her fascinating new book Trouble in Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook, she shares some her most remarkable experiences – and patients.

In Ogden’s previous text, Fractured Minds: a case-study approach to clinical psychology, she shared some of her more unusual cases from her time spent working in some of the world’s leading hospital. T
Kathleen Dixon
Last year I read Jenni Ogden's Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology and thoroughly enjoyed the case-studies, being sufficiently fascinated by it to be interested in reading this as well. When I read the introduction I was a little taken aback as I read that some of the case-studies would be repeated (with more on the personal side) and I wasn't too sure that I 'approved' of re-using material. However, I just finished this book and read almost every word - I just ski ...more
Katherine Skinner
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved this. A great way to learn a bit about neuroscience through real people's stories. As absorbing as a novel, and very compassionately told. ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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Interesting case studies on what can go wrong when the brain is damaged. After over 20 years of ME, I could relate to some of the brain issues even if I don't actually have any brain damage. ...more
Patrick Costigan
Informative/inspirational stories in digestible chunks. It's so crazy how brains sometimes (don't) work. ...more
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