GOLDEN VALLY, Minn. - Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she suddenly started showing signs of mania.
Seizures, memory loss and paranoia followed, quickly progressing to psychosis and near-death catatonia. A million dollars worth of medical tests revealed nothing until she was rescued by the lucky, ingenious intervention of an extraordinary doctor, Souhel Najjar.
Najjar diagnosed her with the newly discovered autoimmune disorder, anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis, in which her body was waging a full scale attack on her brain.
In "Brain on Fire," now available in paperback, Susannah chronicles her breathtaking descent into madness, the terrifying loss of identity it entailed and the moving account of her family and boyfriend's refusal to give up hope.
Susannah Cahalan joined KARE 11 News @4 to share more about her extraordinary story.
Susannah will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. at Magers & Quinn Booksellers at 3038 Hennepin Avenue South in Minneapolis.
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