Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

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Published May 7, 2012

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness is a 2012 New York Times best-selling autobiography by New York Post writer Susannah Cahalan. The book details Cahalan's struggle with a rare form of encephalitis and her recovery. It was first published on November 13, 2012, through Free Press in hardback, and was later reprinted in paperback by Simon & Schuster after the two companies merged.

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Imagine what it would be like if your brain suddenly stopped letting you be who you've always been, started causing you to have strange and erratic behavior. This is exactly what Susannah Cahalan experienced when her brain was attacked by her own immune system, an autoimmune disease called
NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. This is a rare disease that is often misdiagnosed as mental illness.

Between these pages Ms. Cahalan dives deep to expose the time she spent in the hospital, much of which she has no memory of. She has filled the gaps by using the notes of her parents and by interviewing many of the people involved in her diagnoses and recovery. What she discovers is a personality change that is extremely drastic, and exposes just how much of who we are depends on the condition of our brain. This type of finding really exposes the mind-body issue and indirectly …

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