EPISODE 413: Understanding Madness
Susannah was an ambitious young adult starting an exciting life in New York City when she began having seizures, experiencing a bout of mania and depression, and even hallucinating. After nearly a month of hospitalization, she was wrongly diagnosed with bipolar disorder before eventually being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune condition that was affecting her brain.
We often think of mind and body as two separate systems, acting independently – but this is flawed thinking. Thoughts are chains of amino acids and physical movements impact your neurotransmitters, so this distinction between mind and body quickly becomes irrelevant.
On this week’s show, Susannah will share her story, her research into mental health, and how she took charge of her own health.
What You’ll Learn:
- How mental illness is often treated like a character flaw, not an illness
- How important it is to take control and responsibility for your own health
- Why we lack proper care and treatment for mental illness
- How the mentally ill are ending up homeless, imprisoned, and lost in society
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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Susannah Cahalan is a journalist and author of the books, Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender. She has worked for the New York Post. A feature film based on her memoir was released in June 2018 on Netflix.
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