Books, Historical

Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness by Susannah Cahalan Book Review

Sometimes, just when we need them, life wraps metaphors up in little bows for us. When you think all is lost, the things you need the most return unexpectedly.”

Excerpt From:
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Susannah Cahalan


The book, Brain on Fire, tells the story of Susanna Cahalan’s sufferring from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. She woke up in a hospital with no memory of the events of the previous month. During that time, she had series of violent episodes and delusions connected to unknown disease.

Yes, I’ve just finished reading this outrageous novel. I had no idea this was based on actual events at first. I only found out about it after doing some research. As a nurse, I loved reading stories that were based on incidents at the hospital. Despite the fact that Susanna had no medical experience, she was able to describe all that happened to her. She made it simple for the readers to grasp what had occurred to her.

The novel is a page-turner. I didn’t realize I was reading nonstop till 3. She transported me to a realm of hallucinations. I was so terrified that I felt I was hallucinating. It seemed like I joined her world and became trapped within it. It’s terrifying. I caught myself worrying about the sickness she may have. I was astounded to find that her situation was unknown. Even the greatest doctor couldn’t quickly recognize her case. Susanna is extraordinary. She is a formidable woman.

Susanna showed me what real delusions are. Her storytelling was compelling. The manner she delivered it has been on my thoughts a lot lately since it happened to her. I found it hard to believe that she actually experienced it. I looked her up after reading and was astonished by how vibrant and attractive she is. You won’t believe she went through all of those terrible things after reading this.

I still haven’t seen the movie as of right now, but I’m eager to. This makes the book an eye-opener. I believe that her story should be known by everyone. When it comes to mental diseases, some of us might be judgmental, but with this, nothing is known. We are never able to know what actually occurs in our bodies and brains. This is something I would strongly suggest to everyone.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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