Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire

My Month of Madness

eBook - 2012
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Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012.
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cannotbeheard
Nov 28, 2018

I liked this book but I don't think I would recommend it to anyone. Which is hard to say. It is extremely well written and Susannah did an excellent job describing what she and her family went through. Her story is so sad and I wish things had been different for her. The most encouraging part of the book is hearing how great her family and friends were throughout all of it. My favorite part was a section about memories and how we all create details after an event.

d2013 Aug 03, 2018

Such a frightening ordeal to go through. Quite a mystery from the beginning to end of this true story. Glad she was able to recover from this. Interesting read!

saima6400 Jul 23, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. I read it in a couple days because it did not feel like reading a biography, it felt like reading fiction. Not only could you not believe that this could happen to someone, but also because of her accessible writing style. Even when she was describing medical minutiae I was rivited and able to comprehend it. It was crazy to hear what she went through because it is hard to believe that someone who is articulate now could have possibly had these experiences. It makes you think that this could happen to anyone. She is an inspiring character and I would read the book again in a heartbeat.

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jade310
Jul 10, 2018

Really great storytelling (you can tell she's a trained journalist), and she is so generous with such a deeply personal experience. Her story is inherently important--being that not many others have been so thoroughly documented for the general public--and beautifully written. I found it a little challenging to follow all of the medical aspects, but I can't fault her research, as it was phenomenally thorough (especially for an experience she has little first-hand memory of). You find yourself really cheering her on, while simultaneously fascinated by what's happening to her. She even ties her illness back to historical accounts of demonic possession, which really engaged the nerd in me. Overall, a super interesting read that's able to really draw readers in emotionally. Highly recommended.

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irenelaf
Jul 06, 2018

What a terrifying experience and a fascinating read imho! All of it...even the occasional medical explanations (the book would be weak without them) maybe especially because of them. I couldn’t even imagine being the 217th person diagnosed from a rare disease that doctors haven’t even heard about that presents itself among other things as schizophrenia progressing to catatonia and sometimes death. I feel awful about the many undiagnosed people sitting in a mental hospital or worse being subjected to an exorcism instead of medical treatment!

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mulhollandca
Mar 22, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, I have some training in the immune system and I felt it was wonderfully explained. I really enjoyed the science and then the story!

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neesa11
Mar 08, 2018

Wow an amazing book! Probably one of the best I've read... the subject is really interesting and scary all at the same time... I would definitely recommend to anyone who suffers or knows someone that suffers from mental illness, etc. I thought that she really describes very well how she starts to "lose her mind"

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 21, 2018

The author woke up after a month in the hospital unable to move or speak. She was eventually diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that mimics schizophrenia and autism, and could be the root of “demonic possessions” in history.

ArapahoeHollyR Sep 19, 2017

A gripping, frightening medical mystery. Fast-paced and well-written memoir.

ArapahoeKati Sep 18, 2017

Wow! I was completely sucked in. Can you imagine having your whole future in front of you and then being struck down by a scary mystery illness that barely had a name? If you like medical history and memoirs, pick this up. You won't be disappointed.

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ZoeCar
Aug 11, 2016

A young reporter named Susannah Cahalan begins to have strange medical issues like seizures, mood swings and suicide attempts. The doctors think she has no hope. If it wasn't for her family and her boyfriend, she would have been put in a mental asylum.

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