Brain on Fire has ratings and reviews. When twenty-four-year- old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed. In , Susannah Cahalan was 24 years old and living the kind of New York life . He turned to my parents and said, ‘Her brain is on fire. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness [Susannah Cahalan] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An award-winning memoir and instant New .

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If you prefer your non-fiction in layman’s terms, this may not be the book for you. Must redeem within 90 days. Goodreads helps you keep track of om you want to read. I’m thrilled beyond words susanbah the young author was able to recover as well as she did and was able to write this book.

She calls the exterminator to spray, even though he insists there’s no sign of bugs. I guess that’s why it’s taken a month to figure out what exactly I want to say about Brain on Fire, a medical memoir by journalist Susannah Cahalan.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

And he is now looking at the brains of schizophrenia sufferers from postmortems to see if he can establish evidence of physical disease. In looking back at the books I’ve read on goodreads. It began with flu like symptoms which slowly evolved into constant paranoia – she cahakan seizures bu Phenomenal – undoubtedly the best non-fiction book I have read so far this year.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Archived from the original on July 20, And that is the truly scary part in a very scary tale, that millions of people over countless years have been mis-diagnosed, put in institutions and left to die, or treated as evil and possibly put to a horrible susaannah. I won’t go into the medical terminology for it, but some refer to it as “the suicide headache. This is not a book for the queasy or someone with hypochondriac tendencies.


Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! She has a good relationship with her boyfriend, her divorced parents, and her little cat. NPR commented that vahalan author was “a naturally talented prose stylist” and that “she perfectly tempers her brutal honesty with compassion and something like vulnerability.

With the young woman who wrote this book, you see her pass through various stages of psychosis–hallucinations, acting out, narcissisms–that baffle everyone around her until one day she has a seizure and is finally admitted to a hospital.

It could have been better. The healthy brain is a symphony of billion neurons, the actions of each individual brain cell harmonizing into a whole that enables thoughts, movements, memories, or even just a sneeze. And are there forms of schizophrenia that are caused by other types of autoimmune disease?

But he couldn’t find anything wrong. The author makes an excellent point in that many people susannab with ‘schizophrenia’ might actually have the same, easily curable brain disease, but the process of diagnosis was very expensive, although now one would hope that there are protocols to follow to rule it out before labelling someone psychotic-for-life. Everything that happens to her will make you realize how easily susanhah normal lives could be turned upside down.

When you see videos of people — in fact, when I see videos of myself — demonic possession is not far from your mind. It was very so-so but the author’s appealing personality added much to the book.

A Young Reporter Recounts Her Descent Into Madness : NPR

Susannah’s case became a ’cause celebre’ – with articles in medical journals and newspapers as well as television appearances. Thanks partially to her talent as a journalist and to the fact that her parents kept journals, Cahalan was able to recapture her month, leaving no holes in the narrative.

And here’s some medication. She was 24 when she fell victim to this illness and no more than 27 or 28 when she reconstructed the time period and wrote the book. It’s disconcerting, but I am sure it happens so much on a daily basis.


A Young Reporter Chronicles Her ‘Brain On Fire’

Some doctors, seeing articles about anti—NMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis, were able to re-assess their patients. She writes for the New York Post. Perhaps Susannah was able to accomplish this huge feat due to the simple fact that she was unaware of herself much of the time that her brain was inflamed. Otherwise, she is describing an irrational fear of the radio.

Mental illness is still stigmatised.

It’s unnerving to read about the psychotic episodes, the complex partial seizures, the generalised seizures and ultimately, the catatonia.

One of my teenagers was born over three months preterm, and It might not be the sexiest of subjects, but I really have a thing for neurology. I found Susannah’s story absolutely fascinating. The writing style was not my favourite personally, since I feel like you can tell the author has a background in tabloid journalism, occasionally drawing on overly emotional language and turn of phrases. The condition affects mainly young people and it looks like “evil”.

But really, can anyone accurately describe those feelings? I rarely read memoirs. All the tests came back fine. Just after convincing the doctor to admit her to a hospital for overnight monitoring, Susannah had a seizure in the lobby that changes everything: It must have been very frightening for both the author and her loved ones to witness all of those events u Wonderful, wonderful book. Nov 29, Bonnie Jean rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: