Autoimmune Disease Acts Like Demonic Possession
Susannah Cahalan started feeling a bit off. Numbness on one side of the body, losing sleep, crying hysterically one minute and laughing the next. She went to get MRIs but they showed nothing. Things were getting a bit more strange.
Her boyfriend told her how at one point while they were watching a show together she started grinding her teeth, moaning, and biting her tongue until she finally passed out. He took her to the hospital and they found out it was a seizure. Her first of many. Things got worse.
She stopped eating, became paranoid and delusional, had more seizures in which blood would spurt out of her mouth. She was hospitalized (one nurse recalls that in the middle of the night while she was getting blood, Susannah sat up straigh and slapped her). Numerous tests were done and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
That is until Dr. Souhel Najjar came into the picture. He asked her to draw a clock. When she showed him what she had drawn he knew exactly what was wrong with her. All the numbers were written on the right side of the clock face, and no numbers were on the left side.
She had anti-NMDAR encephalitis. The receptors in the frontal lobe, responsible for cognitive reasoning, and the limbic system, or the emotional center of the brain, are under assault by the immune system. In other words, her body was attacking her brain. Nearly 90% of people that suffer from this go undiagnosed and it is more common in women.
Oh, and she wrote a book about it called
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
WHAT DO YOU MEAN “NOT THAT HARD”
Don’t talk to me unless you’re handing me this bouquet to ask for my hand in marriage
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars this year.
Did you hear Monday’s interview with him?
Things that, as a mentally ill person, I do not find offensive:
- Using the words “crazy” or “nuts” or “insane” to describe something unexpected or incredible, such as “Mars has two moons?! That’s crazy!” or “Wow, those Westboro Baptists sure believe some crazy shit” or “that…
A version for tumblr that can be read without opening a new tab, since plenty of people would scroll past this story otherwise.
The bravest woman on Earth.
I love her. Forever reblog.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER AND I AM CRYYYYYING
Billboard demonstrating gender stereotypes as most people automatically assume that Alex is the boy.
That’s not cool Tumblr and you know it, you’re basically forcing people to agree to this bullcrap.of course they’re forcing you to agree. if you’re gonna use their services then you have to abide by their rules.
yeah, that’s why it’s called “terms of service”
because they will let you use their service if you agree to their terms
What is the point in forcing you to agree if there is only one option that is so stupid it’s like a presidential election with 1 candidate a complete farce to be honest
Are you guys just not familiar with how websites in general tend to work
"You plagiarized a sentence in an essay? Expelled & we’ll make it hard for you to enroll into another school ever again."
"You raped and assaulted a student on campus? You can come back to school."
fuck the education system
I will never NOT reblog this.
There is this guy at work and he is so fucking rude to me I don’t even get it. He thinks he’s so superior because he’s a supervisor and he’s gorgeous but I try and be nice to him ever time I fucking see him and he’s just a dick back. And I know he can be nice because I’ve seen him be nice to other people and it fucks me off so much cause it’s like “I’m fucking trying here mate what have I done to piss you off so much?? I offer you fucking food!” Ughhhhhhh… Let’s hope I never work a bar with him. He can suck a roll of barbed wire covered in cat shit for all I care. Grrrr
Of fucking course
What sick bastard doesn’t
"You’d be surprised", said Xaldien, who just lost four followers and received a lovely "men can’t be raped" anon shortly after reblogging this the first time.