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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A Young Reporter Recounts Her Descent Into Madness : NPR

Her parents and boyfriend are her champions – view spoiler [ insisting that she’s not crazy, that she is the victim of some autoimmune disease. Without it, we are a shell.

She describes being trapped inside her mind, knowing that what she’s doing and saying is crazy but unable to stop herself. One of the things that I was always told about good writing is that the writer should show rather than tell.

A Young Reporter Chronicles Her ‘Brain On Fire’

Just because your personality changes and your behaviour changes, all of a sudden you are put in a different category. Had I had this any time before or been born at any other time, I probably bfain be here talking to you now. Normally US pharmacists will not fulfil a non-US prescription and I would have to see a doctor to get a new one but emergency regulations let me have a month’s prescription.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Not because of the medical mystery — that was the most interesting of all. I believed that I could age people with my mind. He turned to my parents and said, ‘Her brain is on fire… I’m going to do everything I can for you.


It began with flu like symptoms which slowly evolved into constant paranoia – she firee seizures but the doctors kept telling her to quit drinking, flre drinking too much and working too hard was her problem. Quotes from Brain on Fire: I would soon learn firsthand that this kind of illness often ebbs and flows, leaving the sufferer convinced that the worst is over, even when it’s only retreating for a moment before pouncing again.

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. This basically will make you seem like a crazy person, and make you do odd enough things and movements that will cause people to call in an exorcist.

The plight of the author is enthralling but scary. I’m going back to Florida next ccahalan just for a little break from this awful post-Irma third-world living.

And yet these tidbits drop in without much sense of how they were discovered except for the case of the videota I found this book troubling. I’m so glad to be finished this.

Brain on Fire | Book by Susannah Cahalan | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

And then as the days went on, I stopped being as psychotic, and I started entering into a catatonic stage, which was characterized by just complete lack of emotion, inability to relate, or to read, or hardly to be able to speak. I was so lucky to have someone there for me that could do that. To the untrained eye, she writes, it appears “malevolent. Before her illness it becomes apparent th at she might go to work clean and neat, but her apartment is filthy and she is a hoarder.

The fact that she is confident enough to allow the reader to arrive at this conclusion endeared her to me all the more by trusting the reader. I know her story all too well as I’ve been in a similar dark place myself. The first neurologist she saw told her there was nothing wrong with her.


Retrieved January 8, So what happens when something goes wrong, especially when it alters the person we were with no explanation whatsoever? It’s an amazing story and Susannah is an brsin gifted writer. Archived from the original on May 4, I did not feel much for this particular person.

This book blew my mind – it had me completely sucked in the whole way through and I had to fier reminding myself that all of this was TRUE. But Cahalan only got worse — she began to experience seizures, hallucinations, increasingly psychotic behavior and even catatonia. And what’s with all this junk? Nobody seemed to know anything.

“Brain on Fire” by Susannah Cahalan

So many others with her condition were misdiagnosed, and essentially sent home to die. I enjoyed this book and found it fascinating. View all 10 comments. There have been appearances on talk shows and now there’s the book.

I’ll admit, I picked up this book because I thought the phrase, brain on firealluded to pain. My Month of Madness. If you like mysterious and terrifyingly true tales of the human body turning against itself, and the plight of the innocent soul within, I expect you will find this book very intriguing.