Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness - Susannah Cahalan

This book was a gift from a friend. She's watched me struggle with my own issues for the last year and a half, and she thought I might be able to find inspiration in Cahalan's tale of survival. She was right. 

 

Susannah Cahalan was just living her normal life, making a splash as a promising young writer for the New York Post when out of nowhere, it seemed like she developed schizophrenia or some other mental disorder, and her life, mind, and body spiraled out of her control. She essentially became a prisoner in her own body, and it seemed as though her own mind was destined to destroy her. What a nightmare! 

 

Luckily for Cahalan, she had a family that wouldn't quit on her, as well as the good fortune to be in the right hospital at exactly the right time; otherwise, she would have been misdiagnosed, as so many others have been, and she would likely have gone past the point of no return.