... a memoir by Susannah Cahalan. Boy is this a page turner. Susannah is a healthy, successful twenty-four year old when she begins suffering from seizures and what appears to be a psychotic break. The book chronicles her month of hospitalization and her physicians and family's race to find out the cause before Susannah is lost forever.
This is my second time reading this book - so worth it. I have loaned it to five friends and they've all loved it as well. The biggest take away for me is the obvious overlap between neurological disorders and serious mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia. Why must one continue to be surrounded by stigma while the other has millions of research dollars behind it? Susannah makes the argument that they should be treated as one, and I have to agree. Many of us are in some way touched by mental illness, whether we suffer ourselves, or have friends or relatives who have been diagnosed. This book highlights the sometimes fine line between health and illness, reality and delusion.
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