Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

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Read Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Online Free - An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.

Title : Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
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ISBN : 145162137X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 250 pages


Bonnie Jean rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2017

I took care of a patient with this tragic and intriguing disorder. Her complex and terrifying journey through this disease in ongoing. Over the course of caring for her, her sister mentioned this book. In this rare disorder, people often pass through a range of bizarre psychiatric symptoms that l...

Will rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2014

Susannah Cahalan, a young journalist working at a great (ok not so great, kinda schlocky actually) metropolitan newspaper, suddenly notices things going awry. She starts having episodes of paranoia, becomes hypersensitive to sound, light and cold. She suffers from loss of appetite and begins havi...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

November 15, 2012

I rarely read memoirs. Too often the author spends far too much time painting themselves in the best possible light and/or justifying their behavior. It is a rare and gifted author that can objectively describe a personal event without infusing it with strong emotions. Perhaps Susannah was able to...

Emily rated it ★★★☆☆

August 10, 2017

Interesting and terrifying read.

Petra X rated it ★★★☆☆

November 27, 2017

Diagnosed schizophrenic. Psychotic or the victim of the greed of drug companies? The last book I read was Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home, an experience of brain aneurysm and recovery. It was very so-so but the author's appealing personality added much to the book. I hope...

Jen rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 20, 2013

You could probably call this a great piece of investigative reporting. Unfortunately for me, it was instead labelled as a memoir, leaving me feeling exasperated and mislead. I guess I was hoping for something akin to the more enjoyable memoirs that I've read (I'm thinking The Glass Castle by Jean...

Jonathan rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 30, 2016

When you read you enter another world, and — as someone who is uncomfortable (with even the idea apparently) of care giving — entering the world of hospitals for the majority of this book was painful for me. Beyond that, I was unimpressed with the pop culture mentioned throughout the book — she d...

Sagagirl rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 21, 2013

I found this book troubling. Not because of the medical mystery -- that was the most interesting of all. It seems that the book would be better written in the third person, by someone other than the author/experiencer of the madness. By her own account, she cannot describe what it felt like to ha...

Kelli rated it ★★★☆☆

December 03, 2016

I am the perfect audience for this book: a catastrophic thinker who worries about any and all sensational news. I put off reading this one for a good long time because I was afraid...then decided I had better read it, just in case. I could save a life with this information! I listened to the audio...

Siew rated it ★★★★★

April 15, 2013

Wonderful, wonderful book. I'm a neurologist, and it's amazing to see a book written from a patient's perspective, especially one with a such a good outcome. The book progresses from the starting of the disease process and right up to the recovery stage. It's unnerving to read about the psychotic...

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