Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan discribes her experiences suffering from Anti-NMDAR (N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor) encephalitis, an autoimmune and paraneoplastic disease often presenting as acute psychosis.
One day, I woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to my bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. My medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which I have no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier I had been a healthy twenty-four year old, six months into my first serious relationship and beginning a career as a cub reporter at the New York Post.
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Published on Sep 3, 2012 by SimonSchusterVideos
Reporter Susannah Cahalan reveals her account of her inexplicable physical and mental breakdown–a medical mystery unraveled by two neurologists studying autoimmune disease.