Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Topics for Discussion

Susannah Cahalan
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What symptoms did Susannah display that made some of her doctors think she was bipolar or schizophrenic?

Why did Susannah, who had no memory of most of her stay in the hospital, remember her hallucinations? Why did they seem real to her even after she recovered?

What two doctors does Susannah attribute her diagnosis and ultimate recovery to? How did their approach differ than that of the other doctors?

What impact did the article that Susannah wrote about her illness have on others? What were some of the specific experiences with the diseases conveyed by people who contacted her after her article ran? Whose life might her article have saved?

What is a teratoma and what unusual physical characteristics might it have? How is it related to the unique type of autoimmune encephalitis that Susannah had? Did Susannah have a teratoma?

What causes anti-NMDAS-receptor...

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