Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah CahalanBrain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

bySusannah CahalanNarrated byHeather Henderson

Audio Book (CD) | November 13, 2012

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One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.  Susannah’s astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House—joined her team. He asked Susannah to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history.  With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family, Brain on Fire is a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.
SUSANNAH CAHALAN is a news reporter at the New York Post whose award-winning work has also been featured in The New York Times. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.HEATHER HENDERSON has brought her authentic, resonant voice and a full cast of characters (from a Scots nanny to a Fargo housewife) to hundreds of projects during her 20-ye...
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Title:Brain on Fire: My Month of MadnessFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:465 pages, 5.94 × 5.13 × 0.94 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Highbridge CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS ONE! I love this book! Best memoir I've read in a long time. The main character was super likeable and you really felt what she was going through. Everything I though was happeneing took a major twist in the end and I think that everyone needs to read this book at least once in their life time.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read If you love psychology and thrillers, read immediately.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could not put this down Read this for my bookclub, and it was a winner. Terrifying yet inspiring piece and very well-written.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book. I bought this book on a limb and I began to love it. It is easy to read with short chapters.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner! I bought this book on a whim and turned out to be great her story was gripping and kept me engaged. Would recommend!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from would recommend Very interesting and sad read. It is so scary to think that a healthy person could lose it so fast. So glad that she shared her story with the world.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A forsure re-read I recommend this book to anyone that likes lifestyle, romance, thriller, and an educational read. For sure you are taking away a lot from this book. On the top of my bookshelf.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal! An extraordinary read, I absolutely devoured it!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Such an interesting perspective coming from the patient's experience. Undoubtedly the best non-fiction book I have read so far this year.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Such an important story to tell, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good I read this book in 2 days and found it profoundly moving and inspiring. It was an eye opener and great source of information on the types of illnesses that can affect the brain and how many are misdiagnosed.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! WOW! this book is amazing! Loved reading this, I couldn't finish it fast enough! It's one I continue to recommend to others years after reading it.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book. Wow. Very strong woman to come out on the right side of this illness.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! An amazing read. I finished this book in two nights because I couldn't put the book down. The curiosity of the mysterious illness kept me turning the pages.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was thoroughly enjoyable. It kept you reading, wanting to answer all of your unanswered questions. Although a medical mystery, the medical aspect was very easy to follow along for a person that is unfamiliar with medical jargon. I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book was very interesting and offered a few pieces of information on a mysterious illness.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Ever Read! I could not put this book down! It is by far the best book I've ever read, such a great story and so interesting to follow her medical journey! It's not common to finish a book you're invested in where you actually get to find out what happens next because it's based on a true story. I recommend this book to everyone and have heard nothing but praise in response! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting medical mystery. Enjoyed the personal account of her illness and how she reveals it in such a way that it remains a mystery to the reader. Such an amazing story of bravery, with just the right amount of scientific jargon. Once, the diagnosis is made, I found that I was not as interested in the story.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good! Amazing book. My bookclub and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Amazing start, mediocre finish When I first started this book I really was liking it. I found the whole concept of a "mystery illness" both fascinating and terrifying. Especially with all of the behaviours Susannah was exhibiting. I continued to enjoy this memoir until around halfway to three quarters through. It had been fast paced, intriguing, and anticipatory up until that point. However once a diagnosis was discovered, I felt it was anticlimactic. Even with a definitive diagnosis, I still felt that it wasn't explaining much and that there was still so much more to discover. It was a turning point of Susannah's story yet the rest of the book had been a different experience reading. For the duration of the book after her diagnosis, I felt bored and truly felt like I should be skimming through it. Definitely an interesting and terrifying illness to read about. In that aspect, I could see how it could be an interesting read but for readers, expect the last half or quarter of the book to drag.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You Can't Put Down or Forget I picked this up on a whim for a summer read at a cottage - and I could not put it down until I finished it. I really enjoyed the writing style, the scientific elements that were just enough so you could understand and the very unique perspective that the author brought in telling her story. It is an incredibly powerful story that is one that can't be forgotten. I am not usually one to re-read books, but I know this will be one I pick up again to read. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. If you are a non-fiction lover, fiction lover, wanting to try out a new style of book or love biographies or simply unique stories - this is a book for you; really a book for everyone looking to be captivated. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! I loved this book. The story telling was great and the scientific aspects were very clearly and understandably explained. I finished it in three days!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great memoir An eye-opening and honest memoir about an otherwise healthy woman plagued by a rare autoimmune disease that attacks her brain. Susannah writes with so much detail that I felt for her along her journey through insanity. It was interesting to learn about NMDA Autoimmune Encephalitis and it is inspiring to hear that so many others have been helped through her mystery diagnosis.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I read this book a couple of years ago and misplaced it. Purchased it a second time to re-read it... Unbelievable what she went through and that she was able to write about it. That takes courage. Very informative. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! Usually not my genre of a book but the cover captured my attention in the bookstore. I am so glad I picked it up and I could not believe this actually happened to someone. Wanted to finish this story to see what ended up happening but also didn't want to put it away. Would recommend even for those who normally wouldn't.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! This book was well written, informative and compelling. I really enjoyed the author's voice. It was brave of her to let us all into her life!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read I loved this book, it's well-written and it's a compelling story. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I enjoyed this book it is amazing what this young lady went through. I found it a bit long but very well written. I love that it was all documented. It is definitely a eye opener that anything can happen at any time and the road to recovery may be a long one especially when you don't know how to get there. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stop, And Read This Book. Brain on Fire is a must read. Such powerful writing, and a compelling story. I highly recommend this book
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Inspiring From the moment I picked up this book I simply could not put it down. It was written in a way that made you feel as if you were going through this devastating time with her, a truly inspirational read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Read! Such a well written book. The author/patient (who is also a journalist) is a remarkable person, and her story would send shivers down anyones spine. I've reread this book more times than I can count.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I could not put the book down. The way she tells her story makes you feel like you are a part of her life.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Irresistible, could not put down! This book was on my reading list for a psychology course and I found it to be absolutely memorizing. Cahalan's writing was so captivating and engaging. Thrilling tale about her real life struggle.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book I was very intrigued by this book and it ended up being very different then I thought it would be. I really enjoyed it and found it very interesting until the last few chapters I found a bit slow.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting book to read, but can be slow and dull at times.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book I really enjoyed reading the book
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating This book actually helped my recognize Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in a patient at work! Fascinating read!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good read Interesting narrative of one woman's experience. It was particularly poignant to read about how she navigated the health care system. The story was a bit slow in places but overall a good read
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This woman story is one of triumph and strength. Finished this book in less than a week I couldn't put it down. Absolutely incredible.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating A really good and interesting read.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wo this is such a great book!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Would recomend Love reading the memoirs of people with such interesting and bizarre hardships. In the beginning when she first describes losing her mind it reminded me of a zombie movie a bit. The story peaked when she discovered what her illness was and dragged a bit after but was still a good read and I would recommend it
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK I know this book from my Neuro prof, I was a little bit hesitant about this book at first since I don't know what to expect but, if you're looking for Neuroscience related book and don't wanna read heavy stuff, this book is definitely a must read!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved reading this i would def'n recommend this book, interesting as ever.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! Couldn't put this down, terrifying how our mind can turn on us.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I couldn't put this book down.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! Such a compelling and deep story. Although dealt with a complicated medical issue the read was easy and quick. I would read this book again !!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. This is one of the best books I've ever read,
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book I loved how this is told from the point of view of the girl who lived it. It's interesting to hear how she didn't realize something was wrong, when her behavior was so strange.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story Such a compelling and interesting story. What your brain can do to you is astounding. It delves into complicated medical explanations while remaining simple to understand. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I have to say, it had been a long while since I had read a book that I was unable to put down. With work and school, most times, I don't feel the need to read a book or I would much rather relax - but this book was consuming my life. I would want to sneak a read every moment I got. Truly a very great read. Brings forth awareness to a mental illness most people didn't even know existed! Kudos for sharing this story.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping It's quite courageous to write a story about your own mental illness journey. I really enjoyed reading this book. I think the author did a great job explaining her story through her eyes.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not What I expected The author went into detail a great bit, but I would have liked a little more personal reflections from her family and friends. Adding their side of how Susannah was while she was in hospital. Other than that, good read.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Great read, could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Well written! As someone who works in the field of mental health, this book provides a great detailed account of how someone's world can be changed so quickly. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hopeful This book was written with lots of help and thoughtfulness in a desperate circumstance.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quick read Well written biography about a disease that is devastating if not treated quickly
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brain on fire Finished this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. An incredible example of how an illness is often not what it seems and proof that we should always dig a little deeper.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Incredible! I bought this book only a few days ago at the recommendation of a friend on Facebook. In all honesty, I didn't know what to expect. After the first chapter, I was so entranced by Susannah's journey through her mental nightmare that I managed to finish it in its entirety within 48 hours even despite working a busy schedule. I cannot recommend this enough!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful without being overbearing From the very first sentence of the book, I knew I was hooked. The idea of losing yourself has always fascinated me, as awful at that sounds. Still Alice and Flowers for Algernon are two of the most beautiful books I have ever read. This book falls right into the same ballpark as these ones. The way Cahalan tells her story and sucks you in is really hard to describe. Liking to think of myself as a writer, I admire those who are able to tell their stories and make them their own yet find a way to connect them with the reader. And this author does just that. I also admire Cahalan’s courage to return to this difficult time of her life and turn it into a fruit of her passion, journalism. This takes courage. I was blown away by her dedication to the book. The amount of research that went into it is pretty incredible. Interviewing your relatives, hunting down people you’ve only met once or twice, attempting to understand things only a brain surgeon could understand and succeeding enough to write about it is difficult. From a past amateur journalist and self-proclaimed writer that someday wants to write a book but throws away those ideas because she doesn’t think anyone will read it and doesn’t think she’s “good enough” to compete with the likes of writers like Cahalan, I understand. I could not imagine anything of this caliber happening to me, but I can certainly understand how frustrating and heartbreaking it would be to have your world falling beneath you as you are helpless to stop it. But maybe that’s just me, as I have mentioned, these types of stories fascinate me. There were multiple times where I had to put this book down, for two separate reasons. One was, I will admit, because my head hurt from reading highly scientific and medical parts. Thinking about how your brain functions CAN actually make your brain hurt from trying to understand it all. So that is one downside of the book. It’s scientific and can be confusing. BUT Cahalan does have a unique talent to write about things that the average person wouldn’t understand without doing some research and she writes it in a way that you can understand her. I am also blown away by writers that can write about things that they otherwise wouldn’t know anything about. That is the art of storytelling. I also had to put this book down simply because it made me too emotional. This woman had dreams and goals and ambition, and beyond that, undeniable talent. And the idea of losing all of that to a situation that you can’t control or at times aren’t even aware is happening is terrifying. But when I have to put a book down because of “too many feels,” that means it’s a good book. If any part of this review interests you, take a chance on this one.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brain on Fire A wonderful biography about a woman going through a medical mystery.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! I love memoirs and have a personal interest in psychology as well but this book was actually a random purchase and I didn't have high expectations but it is well written, captivating and insightful. It's educational and thrilling, I couldn't put it down. You will share her journey through the book and learn a lot along the way too. You may find the ending a little slow or boring if you're not interested in the more scientific/biological explanations but I thought it was very interesting!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brave memoir It takes a lot to write a memoir about when you lost yourself to illness. Ms. Cahalan does an excellent job capturing her audience and bringing us on her journey. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in a medical mystery.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally enthralling This book hooked me in and I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written and very educational. I Highly recommend this read!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Something lacked... From the first time I saw this book and read a quick exerpt, I knew it was something I needed to read. I don't read a lot of memoirs or biographies and because of this, I didn't want to spend the $20+ for the book. I kept waiting and looking for it at garage sales or thrift stores and one lucky day I found it! It was time for me to finally sink into Brain on Fire - My Month of Madness. To be honest, I was a little disappointed after I read it. It's a memoir as I mentioned, so it's hard to say it was a bad book, because it wasn't but it just wasn't as exciting as I had expected it to be. Let's clear this up a little. When I read the little chapter, I was intrigued because Susannah had no idea who she was or where she was. But there's a lot more behind this than I had thought. Without giving away too much of the book, she had her family and her boyfriend there with her at all times helping her along the way. In my mind, I pictured this poor woman waking up alone, all by herself with no one. I think that's what I wanted. More mystery with who she was overall and I wanted to come along on a journey with her as she finds herself. We do get the mystery while figuring out what caused Susannah to have a "month of madness" and it's an interesting read, and we definitely follow along as she finds herself and rediscovers her life before this all happens. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This was an amazing book! As a psychologist I was very excited to see how her condition unfold as the various doctors on her team tried to crack the case. Worth the read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brave, Honest Memoir Explore's one individual's experience with mental illness and the system. Was slow and hard to follow at some points.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This was an amazing book about a fascinating story that I would definitely recommend to anyone. My only dislike of this novel was that towards the end it became a little boring with too much emphasis on the cellular biology and underlying science of her disease.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good i started off not being able to put this book down but near the ending it got a little boring.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but something lacked for me I really enjoyed reading the overall story, but I wasn't a fan of the writers voice and the angle that she was telling the story in. I found like she could have used her voice to shed light on the stigma surrounding mental illness in addition to her disease as well as other people who suffer from it. I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have if it was written differently.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! This book instantly got me hooked. I could not put it down. It is raw, terrifying but hopeful. Very insightful. Gives you perspective on mental health.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I read this book all in one sitting it was so good. Unlike anything I've ever read before. Not too many science/health terms it was easy to follow.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I really enjoyed reading this book and it was really hard to put down! I couldn't believe that it was true and I can't believe she went through all of it!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! At times seems too crazy to be true. So good! Not the best book for a hypochondriac like me. Because her illness is not revealed off bat, it's a mystery to the reader as well and we experience the confusion and frustration along with her. You will learn a lot of new medical terms and develop a new appreciation for those with mental illness.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book this was an interesting book. i found i learnt a few things while i was reading it as well.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book what a great book! was very interesting and i found i learnt a ton from the book as well
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This was a well-written page-turner. A glimpse into madness...
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book I was on a road trip through the U.S. when I first saw this book at Target. I read the back and fell in love with in right away. I love psychology and reading about health issues, and memoirs are right up my alley, so I knew this was a must read for me. The author is incredibly detailed in her writing, and gives as much information as possible. I read this book in a day because it kept me on my toes and I just HAD to know what was going on. I don't want to give too much away, but the diagnosis is very interesting as well. My new favorite book.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book! I read this book over a year ago, and can't stop thinking about it. I recommend it to just about anyone and everyone. What a fantastic read!
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! When your brain is against you and you cannot do anything... True story, described perfeclty by someone who lived the unthinkable.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Susannah Cahalan does an amazing job integrating the medical and emotional aspects of her journey and provides a very personal perspective that I was able to connect to on a human level. A very intriguing story about how life can change in an instant; first book I've read in a while that I wasn't able to put down!
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I read this book a few years ago in higschool for a book report. I would definitely recommend this to anyone more so older teens though like the age of 15 and up.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic! what a great book!
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved every second of this book. It was exhilarating and informative at the same time. Kept me interested until I fell asleep at night.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enlightening! Excellent read!
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!! I bought the book a couple months ago and really enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brain on Fire. My Month of Madness. Fantastic book. Loved it. Takes you on a fascinating ride through not only this illness but through our health care system. The testing and diagnostic techniques alone will keep you reading. The best part is it's all true and written by the person who experienced it.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book has saved lives! The author takes you on her journey where most of us fear to go, in a way that keeps you turning the page even when you struggle to relate to her reality as she goes deeper into her illness. At times when the human struggle makes you uncomfortable, you might think, well this would never happen to me so why would I go on reading. But the author compels you to read on and find out why it is so important for all of us to learn about this illness.
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good, quick read Susannah Cahalan, a young reporter for the New York Post, goes mad because of a rare virus. She tells her gripping and scary tale after regaining her equilibrium. I didn’t like that this memoir attempts to be too neatly packaged, with a looking-back-on-that-time-in-my-life structure. Cahalan is crazy for much longer than a month, and much of her story she had to piece together from others. She only makes mention of that about three quarters of the way through the memoir. I think it would have been better to explain the difficulty of recounting (and credibility) much sooner. Still, her story is captivating.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Weirdly Self-Indulgent For quite a bit of the book, I genuinely thought the author was faking her illness. When she mentions the Southern expression--the 'blue devils', I think it was--which captures the notion of a young woman falling into self-perpetuating tantrums a la "The Crucible", I thought at first she'd given the game away. However, the presence of Dr. Nahjar and the critical response both to his diagnosis and to her NY Post article convinced me differently. Still, her refusal to follow through with group sessions and her fixation on how she looked after it all and how others looked at her (including the odd recounting of the lawn man ogling her) feels weirdly self-indulgent and, without much effort, I could be brought back to the idea that a lot of her condition was acted out, escaping, as she was, job failure and a hoarder lifestyle at the time it all began.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Emotional Rollercoaster I read this book for a book club I belong to. What a story. A true story of a woman's fight (the author) with a little known diesease called anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. Look it up for a full explanation of what it is. We went through her syptoms as they developed. We went through fears and worries as she stayed in hospital. We went through her recovery and return to society. The author did a great job with controlling our emotions. The story took me down with her descent into madness as the disease took control of her life. Then she lifted us up with her miraculous diagnosis and recovery. I liked how the author did not feel sorry for herself. She did wonder about why it happened to her and why she was so lucky to survive it. The author did a good job of revealing her character in the book. This was critical to the story as the disease altered her character while it was developing. It could have altered her forever. The book was easy to read and kept me engrossed. The chapters were short so I could read little bits of it here and there. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brain on fire Incredible information . We have so far to go in the medical field especially with mental health and the brain. So complex. So many who are uncomfortable around it and the unknown.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting This book was a terrifying account of something that could happen to anyone. I never thought about how similar neurological and physchological issues can be and how easily they can be misdiagnosed. Susannah Cahalan was amazingly able to piece together most of a puzzle that others would have probably considered a month that they would have never gotten back. I felt as though every step and discovery she was making, I was right there in her mind making them with her. Worth the read!
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brain on Fire Very interesting and well-written. Quick read.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brain on Fire Very interesting read. At times goes a bit too much in depth about the science of it all.. Would definitely recommend
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brain on Fire Captivating, shocking! Truly touched by this book. Sucked me right in from the moment I started reading and as soon as I finished the book I went and followed her interviews on Youtube about her condition and what she's been up to since the book was released... amazing story, a must read!
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read This book was an interesting and informative read. It kept me engaged reading of the authors journey and the medical and scientific aspects were clearly presented.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read The beginning is interesting but it bogs down in the middle. It is written like an overly long news story. I lost interest toward the end.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good Harsd to beleive this wqas a true story, good book
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Month of madness It was alright
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative Loved this book, the author did a lot of research on her disease. The book was very well written
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very informative The story line so far makes me think of the TV show" House'.
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brain on Fire Excellent and unnerving for me. This book got deep into my soul and I know it will be with me in my thoughts for a long, long time. An incredible story.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bored ...Brain My curiosity kept me reading this book but I never truly got into the story, in the end it was just ok.
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Really enjoyed this story. Amazing!
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enlightening Had no idea this could happen, and does give possible answers to seemingly inexplicable behaviours that plague some people.
Date published: 2013-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could've been better Not bad but not the greatest. Beginning was a little slow
Date published: 2013-03-04

Editorial Reviews

“A remarkably well-written and well-read account.”
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