First she thought she had bed bugs. Then she thought she was overworked. A friend suggested that she might have bipolar disorder. After a month of tests totaling almost a million dollars, Susannah Cahalan drew a clock at the request of the doctor. The drawing showed that her brain was inflamed.

Cahalan, a journalist, chronicles her journey from sane to manic to catatonic and back, relying on interviews with family and friends to shed light on the month she can hardly remember in her new  book, Brain on Fire.

Read our interview with Cahalan at and check out this interview style trailer where she elaborates on her month of madness:

What do you think about Cahalan's experience? What are you reading right now?

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