I give five out of five stars to “Brain on Fire – My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan, a memoir written with honesty, courage and raw insight to a degree few of us will ever achieve. It is the story of a young journalist, Susannah, who develops psychotic symptoms and behaviors over a short period of time. Cahalan eloquently tells the story of the events immediately prior to and after her breakdown, and has journalistically pieced together the month she lost while suffering a debilitating, potentially fatal disease of which the medical community is only beginning to become aware. This true account of one woman’s fight for her life is maddening, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. It is a fascinating look at matters of the human brain as well as matters of the heart. Furthermore, this memoir has the power to raise awareness of a little-known disease that may be affecting thousands; awareness has the power to save lives.
This book needs to be read far and wide not only because it is impossible to put down, but also for its potential to start much needed and overdue discussions about mental illness and its stigma, misconceptions, and in this case, misdiagnosis.
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