“An award-winning memoir and instant New York Timesbestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery,Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.
When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?
In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “
Susannah Cahalan, discusses her personal memories along with her interviews with family, friends, and medical professionals about her illness. Susannah’s illness started with an illusion of bed bugs being in her home. Seeing bugs that are not really there is a sign of pshychosis. .She starts having episodes of paranoia, and mood swings. Anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis looks like mental illness.
I loved all the medical jargon throughout the book , as I work in the medical field. It was interesting to learn about this illness as I’ve never heard of it before. This book is almost like a mystery, the doctors trying to find clues to piece together what is happening to this girl. There is still so much we don’t know about the brain. It’s a great read and so informative.
I listened to this as an audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book . I don’t often , I mean like ever read non-fiction but this memoir was so emotional and scary. The author does a remarkable job about being open and honest She goes through test after tests and the doctor’s still couldn’t figure out what was causing the illness. Definitely read this if you’re looking for a great non-fiction book .Also being made into a 2016 film starring actress Chloe Moretz.