The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

Neuroscientist Lipska was diagnosed early in 2015 with metastatic melanoma in her brain's frontal lobe. As the cancer progressed and was treated, the author experienced behavioral and cognitive symptoms connected to a range of mental disorders, including her professional specialty, schizophrenia. Lipska's family and associates were alarmed by the changes in her behavior, w Neuroscientist Lipska was diagnosed early in 2015 with metastatic melanoma in her brain's frontal lobe. As the cancer pro...

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Title:The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
Author:Barbara K. Lipska
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1328787303
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery Reviews

  • Lisa
    Dec 14, 2017
    Oliver Sacks meets When Breath Becomes Air in this fascinating, page-turning account of insanity. Barbara Lipska's remarkable story illuminates the many mysteries of our fragile yet resilient brains, and her harrowing journey and astonishing recovery shows us that nothing is impossible...
  • Mary
    May 05, 2018
    Dr. Barbara Lipska, a neuroscientist, moved her family from Poland to America for better educational and job opportunities. Readers learn that she is in charge of the National Institute of Mental Health Brain Bank where scientists study the brains of the deceased trying to understand m...
  • Laurie
    Mar 19, 2018
    One day, Barbara Lipska, two time cancer survivor, doctor, and a researcher trying to discover physical markers of schizophrenia in the brain, puts a nice gloppy mass of henna on her hair, wraps it in plastic, and goes for a run. A very long run- we becomes disoriented and lost for qui...
  • Petra Eggs
    Apr 09, 2018
    This book made very little sense. The author is an intellectual high-achieving scientist in a family of high-achievers, and what's more she's a top athlete too and a fantastic homemaker who despite everything, always cooked a home-made dinner (until she couldn't). She tells us all this...
  • Idarah
    May 17, 2018
    "I am a neuroscientist. For my entire career, I have studied mental illness. My specialty is schizophrenia. In June 2015, without warning, my own mind took a strange and frightening turn. As a result of metastatic melanoma in my brain, I began a descent into mental illness that la...
  • Cheryl
    Jul 13, 2018
    Barbara Lipska is the director of the Human Brain Bank at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, D.C. An internationally recognized researcher in human brain development and mental illness, Dr. Lipska has a doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Medical School of Warsaw...
  • Canadian
    Apr 23, 2018
    Barbara Lipska, a Polish-born neuroscientist who serves as director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is a long-time researcher in the field of schizophrenia. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and melanom...
  • Barbara
    Jun 01, 2018
    3.5 stars Barbara Lipska was born, raised, and educated in Poland before she immigrated to the United States in 1989 to do post-doctoral studies at Maryland's 'National Institute of Mental Health' (NIMH). In 2013 Lipska became 'Director of the Human Brain Collection Core' at NIMH,...
  • GONZA
    Mar 14, 2018
    As a clinical psychotherapist I enjoyed this book a lot, mostly of course, because she survived and she is fine, but her tale was brilliant and interesting and gave me many insights about the "right way" to handle situation like those she was living. Come psicoterapeuta e psicologa ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 12, 2019
    I made short work of this one. Was totally absorbed in her story. I find anything to do with the mind fascinating. It can be our best friend or our worst enemy. Yet, so little is known about this miraculous organ, the control center of what makes us who we are. The author is the head o...
  • Krista
    Jun 30, 2018
    This book is an account of what mental illness looks like from the inside. But it is also a map of my evolution as a scientist and as a person. It is the story of an incredible journey, one from which I could not have imagined I would ever return. It is a story that I never thought I ...
  • Biljana
    Mar 11, 2018
    The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind is a fascinating memoir. Barbara Lispska is an inspiring woman; she is a high-level scientist who is a two-time cancer survivor (breast cancer and melanoma). This memoir details her battle with cancer (melanoma) that has metastasized to her brain. L...
  • Heather Fineisen
    Jan 19, 2019
    Lipska is a fit sixtyish survivor of breast cancer who is diagnosed with melanoma. When the tumors spread throughout her brain, she experiences mental illness symptoms such as confusion, irritability and other personality changes. A director at the NIMH, Lipska is well versed as a spok...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    May 10, 2018
    Netgalley #47 Many thanks go to Barbara Lipska, Houghton Mifflin, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. If Brain on Fire had an impact on you then you must read this book This woman was a Polish immigrant and of the highest intellect....
  • Valerity (Val)
    Mar 29, 2018
    A very good book written by multiple cancer survivor Barbara Lipska, who is such an accomplished lady. She is the head of the brain bank at NIMH (National Institute of M. H.) in and has studied the brain for over 30 years. Until one day hers seemingly went haywire and she had to go and...
  • Kait
    Feb 23, 2018
    As the step-parent of a child with mental illness, I've often wondered what is really going on in his head. Granted, he suffers from autism as well, but there was so much cross-over between Barbara Lipska's experiences and what I see with my stepson. The idea that every human is just o...
  • Olwen
    Aug 11, 2018
    So scary to feel that you're losing control of your mind. Even more scary, I think, if you're a Type A personality accustomed to a well-functioning brain. Dr Lipska is an inspiration for anyone facing a life-threatening disease or mental illness. The story starts slowly, but it's wo...
  • Cindy Leighton
    Apr 14, 2018
    Having lost a close friend to melanoma, I was drawn first to this book by my curiosity about how she beat metastatic melanoma. But she quickly reeled me in with her fascinating story of extreme personality changes she endured, but didn't recognize herself, as tumors slowly squashed and...
  • Meredith
    Apr 28, 2018
    While the author makes no mention of this, to me this book manages to highlight the stunning inequality in the US healthcare system. The author is wealthy, her children are well off, her son in law?s parents are wealthy; she is extremely well connected, white, and lives in D.C. givin...
  • Rana
    May 07, 2018
    Guys. Guys. You know I love medical memoirs, right? Like with the force of a thousand x-rays. Well, this one really struck a nerve and it wasn't the good kind. I think I might be done with them for a while. I realized something about midway through this one, that most medical memoi...
  • Jeanette
    Jan 28, 2019
    Medical memoir that details Barbara Lipska's fight against cancer. Such suffering and myriads of days and weeks and months in offices, hospitals and with dozens of advocates and possible optimal medicine associations and paths. What an intrepid spirit. Somehow, the way it w...
  • Wendyjune
    May 08, 2018
    This book had a lot of ego and back patting in it. I mean who are these people? Obsessed with fitness, ducking around skiing all over the place or doing triathlons and massive training. Every family member was amazing, loving, kind, with perfect children, grandchildren and loving par...
  • Cathy
    Feb 03, 2019
    Another gem from an insightful brain expert who experiences the nightmare of recurring brain tumors. Again, the message hit home -to enjoy each day like it's your last, as you don't know what tomorrow holds. First hand wisdom is to be cherished from memoirs like these. Also, a glimpse ...
  • V
    Jul 07, 2018
    I still recommend this book because its premise --the author's ability to analyze her decline scientifically-- does indeed offer insight... but somehow the idea (repeated often) that the author's experience might represent in some way or speak for those with mental illness or decline s...
  • Cynda
    Oct 06, 2018
    3.75 Stars, perhaps barely 4. Read for US Disability Awareness Month. The source of Lipska's brain cancer: Skin cancer. Loud Warning to me who lives in a brutal summer climate and who is just starting to have problems beyond the eczema. Because Lipska is a neuroscience research...
  • A. D. Paventi
    Feb 03, 2018
    So, as soon as I started reading this I was reminded of Brain on Fire. While I did end up skimming through a lot of the technical jargon, overall I did enjoy reading this book. I think the main character is an amazingly brave woman, and I admired her chutzpah while she was dealt blow a...
  • Natalie
    Apr 05, 2019
    This book was a fantastic read for me in so many ways! Being a cancer researcher for more than 15 years, I found Barbara's story absolutely incredible and it really resonated with me. A lot of the terminology was very familiar and it was interesting to put things into context, in parti...
  • Lisa Hosack
    May 23, 2018
    While this book was well-written, I found it surprising in several ways. I expected some deep insights on the part of the author about going through this significant period of suffering, but instead the story is simply about the triumph of science and (her own) human determination. Bot...
  • Hizatul Akmah
    Mar 06, 2019
    i picked this book in conjunction with Winnie's #memoirmarch challenge. this book was written by a very privileged white woman whom on top of being well-off and having a picture-perfect family, she's also a scientist. it might be my own mistake for assuming that this book would tel...
  • Mel
    Dec 17, 2018
    Startlingly well-written and easy to sink into. Barbara Lipska's situation reminded me quite a bit of Brain on Fire, though unlike Cahalan, Lipska knew the cause her short-term mental incapacity and yet it was no less stressful or scary despite her own background in neuroscience. The m...