Case Study Of Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness

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Case Study Report: Part 1
Aastha Gulati
Psychology 3227A

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Cahalan (2012) presented a very realistic perspective of the confusion and sense of panic that arises when enduring symptoms of an unknown illness and the impact it has on ones entire life. As a young adult, close to Susannah’s age, it was easy to relate strongly to her daily life and the various problems involving relationships, family and work. Therefore, to witness her life, at a random moment, entirely change due to an illness was extremely sobering. It was alarming to see her disease progress throughout the memoir. As we learned in class, the symptoms for Anti-NMDAR encephalitis transition from psychiatric to neurological
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Her psychiatric symptoms were not taken as seriously as her neurological symptoms indicating that the stigma surrounding mental health as an illness still exists, along with the detrimental effects of patient profiling. Moreover, it was the fact that even after finally given neurological exams for her seizures, everything came back clean. It is distressing that these kind of medical gaps still exist in a developed country such as America where medical advancements are mean to be at its finest. As someone who has previously experienced frequent episodes of unconsciousness that were initially unexplainable I am thankful to have had a neurologist who was dedicated enough to find an answer and solution. Therefore, this book demonstrates the responsibility of health care professionals and the medical …show more content…
(2010) investigated the relationship between caregiver burden on mental and physical health in families with members of chronic illnesses. Participants included 388 caregivers, all of whom completed the 12-Item Chinese Health Questionnaire (Cheng & Williams, 1986) for perceived health status and a modified caregiver burden measure (Song, 2002). The results found that both poorer mental health, and stronger feelings of burden were equally associated with poorer physical health in caregivers. Predictors of mental health included the amount of support caregivers had along with the amount of time spent with the ill family member. Factors influencing feelings of burden comprised of the amount of physical support available and amount of time spent with the family member as

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