Movie Review: Brain on Fire

Beatriz Gonzalez, News Editor

     A young woman starts to act weird, having seizures, and strange behavior, so her parents take her to the doctor. Doctors keep diagnosing Susannah, the main character, with various mental diseases, but none of them fully match her condition. Eventually, she is hospitalized at her parents’ request. After a while, Susannah’s condition worsens; she cannot even speak or move. The doctors want to put Susannah into a mental institution so they can give the right treatment to the girl. However, the parents are not convinced with this choice. The head doctors at the hospital tell the parents that they can only keep the girl at the hospital for three more days before she has to be sent to the institution. A former doctor investigates her condition resulting in the right diagnosis – anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. After she is given the right treatment, she slowly recovers and learns everything all over again. Thanks to the doctor, Susannah is able to get her life back on track.

     In my opinion, this was a great movie because it raises awareness of a mental disease that has been unknown to doctors for a long time. In the past, people who might have had anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis might have been misdiagnosed due to lack of knowledge of this rare condition. Due to Susannah’s case and her story being shared to the world, doctors now have a better chance to diagnose patients with the right disease and they can provide them with the proper treatment