Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

cover of Brain on Fire by Susannah CahalanWhen successful reporter Susannah Cahalan starts exhibiting mood swings, anxiety, and paranoia, she becomes convinced that she's probably bipolar. When the seizures start, doctors tell her she's going through alcohol withdrawal (even though she's not a heavy drinker). And when she's finally admitted to the hospital, doctors have no idea what to make of her condition, which has left her swinging to extremes, from highly paranoid and a flight risk, to dulled and almost catatonic.

In this chilling true story told by Susannah herself, the reader is taken on an emotional thrill-ride to try and figure out what is going on inside the mind of a tormented young woman. As doctors slowly cross items off the list (bipolar, epilepsy, schizoaffective disorder, alcohol withdrawal), it becomes a race against time before Susannah is left with permanent brain damage.

What is her condition? How did she get it? These are the questions that will keep readers guessing.  Fans of medical mystery shows like House or Animal Planet's Monsters Inside of Me in particular will have a hard time putting this engrossing book down!