2018/01/17

BOOK REVIEW:
BRAIN ON FIRE BY SUSANNAH CAHALAN

Title: Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Published: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 288
Rating: 4/5



Summary:
This is the autobiography of twenty-four year old Cahalan and her descent into madness due to an uncommon disease of the brain and her road to recovery.


Review:
If you're one of those people who are interested in taking a peek into someone's brain, this is the book for you.

There's something terrifying about mental illness and I think because of that, most of us are kind of fascinated by it, as am I. In this, you get a close-up look of what it can look like and you see this young and vibrant woman fall into a form of insanity and then crawling her way out of it again. You also get to know everyone around her and what it feels like to be the loved ones of a mental illness patient, which was heartbreaking but very interesting.

The writing style is quite journalistic, but there are plenty of philosophical thougts in here as well, questions I think anyone could find themselves asking in this position which helps us as readers connect to the pain and uncertainty of this story. There's also quite a lot of factual information in this about the disease and the treatment, which I thought was very interesting, if somewhat dry in points.

Overall, I thought this was really fascinating and well worth the read. Mental illness is an important issue and the more we learn and the more we talk about it, the more understanding there will be; hence, I think this is a very important book.

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