The book, Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness, 2013, by Susan Calahan is the terrifying story of a young reporter who experienced terrible psychiatric symptoms that were ultimately found to be due to a newly recognized disease: anti-NMDR encephalitis. This is a brain disease caused by antibodies to a specific type of brain receptor, the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), a type of Central Nervous System autoimmune receptor disease.
Links to four recent review articles about to CNS autoimmune receptor disease (2013) at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?linkname=pubmed_pubmed_citedin&from_uid=21865579.
Links to the free full text of each of these four articles can be found at the above link.
The articles are:
- Neuroinflammation and psychiatric disease, 2013
- Persistent intrathecal antibody synthesis 15 years after recovering from anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis, 2013
- Central nervous system neuronal service antibody associated symptoms: review and guidelines for recognition, 2012
- The frequency of autoimmune N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis surpasses that of individual viral etiologies in young individuals enrolled in the California Encephalitis Project, 2012