Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Brain on Fire is the stunning beginnings of journalist and author Susannah Cahalan, retracing the real life horror story in a sudden and mysterious way and putting her on the descent into madness for whom there seemed to be no cure’ My a serious power outage marked the line between mental health and madness.But I would like to have moments of lucidity in the next few days and weeks, I would never have been the same person again.Susannah Cahalan was happy, intelligent and healthy twenty-four years old.Then one day she woke up in the hospital with no recollection of what happened and how she ended up there.Within a few weeks, she would be transformed into an unrecognizable person, descending into a state of acute psychosis, undergoing anger and convulsions, hallucinations that her father had killed his wife; that she could not control time with her mind.Everything she had taken for granted about her life, and who she was, she was wiped out.It is Susannah’s story of her terrifying descent into madness and the desperate quest for a diagnosis, because after dozens of tests and examinations, confused doctors concluded that she should be interned in a psychiatric asylum.It is also the story of a brilliant man, Syrian-born Dr. Najar, finally proved – using a simple pen and paper – that Susannah’s psychosis was caused by a rare autoimmune disease to attack her brain.His diagnosis of this little-known condition, the thought of having been the real cause of the devil-goods throughout history, saved his life, and eventually the lives of many others.Cahalan takes the reader inside this newly discovered disease through the progress of his own challenging journey, reconstructing the whole through memories, newspapers, hospital, videos and recordings.Written by passionate enthusiasts of honesty and intelligence, the Fire Brain is a personal and universal searingly book, which asks what happens when your identity is suddenly destroyed, and how you get it back.With eagle-eye precision and brutal honesty, Susannah Cahalan turns her journalistic gaze on herself as if she were a journalist.
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