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Cal abuse and dark moments when he contemplated suicideThis is the story of one man's battle to pursue his dreams despite an often incapacitating brain disorder From his early experiences of fear and denial to his exasperating search for treatment Eichenwald provides a deeply candid account of his years facing this misunderstood and often stigmatized condition He details his encounters with the doctors whose negligence could have killed him but for the heroic actions of a brilliant neurologist and the family and friends who fought for himMany of Eichenwald's recollections are drawn from his diaries vivid an. With a little over 41o pages it s safe to say that this book is a lot Alot of information a lot of content a lot to think about and ponder issues within our own lives A Mind Unraveled A Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald is the true story of Kurt Eichenwald an acclaimed journalist and best selling author and his tormenting struggle with epilepsy Easily among the list of top 10 non fiction books that I have read this year so far Eichenwald first began experiencing symptoms when he was in high school I could not imagineremembering my high school yearshow difficult they were alreadydiscovering yourselfstill feeling all the insecurities one feels among their peersand then symptoms occur The fearthe stressthe embarrassmentis mind blowing and gut wrenching To go from slight symptomsto eventually full on grand mal seizures That wasn t even the worst of his struggles The discrimination he endured both in school and in the workplace the misdiagnoses the mismanagement of his condition by physicians Truly an unraveling of such a difficult life journey It s inspirationalabsolutely but it pulls at your heart strings through out Gut wrenchinga powerful message Like the saying goesyou don t know unless you step a mile in someones shoes Grab the tissues and don t expect for this story to leave you any time soon Thanks to the peeps at goodreads Kurt Eichenwald and to Ballentine Books for my free copy of this book via giveaway I received I read I reviewed this book honestly and voluntarily

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D painstakingly kept records that helped sharpen his skills as a journalist He raises important uestions about the nature of memory the revelations of brain science and the profound mysteries of human perceptionUltimately A Mind Unraveled is an inspirational story one that chronicles how Eichenwald faced often with his own mortality transformed trauma into a guide for reaching the future he desired Defying relentless threats to his emotional and physical well being he affirmed his decision to never give up and in the process learned how to rise from the depths of despair to the heights of unimagined success. I would have read this book at one clip had my Nook not reuired a charge toward the end Riveting infuriating informative human loving and reflective this memoir tells the story of a man who refused to give into institutional stupidity professional insufficiency and personal trauma He decided twice in his life to proceed to a specific goal one academic one personal He achieved his goals because of his own strength while undergoing traumas beyond what most of his readers can even imagine and because others in his life were loving It s not just the story of overcoming obstacles it s the story of holding one s own despite the overwhelming weight of the world

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A newer edition of this title can be found hereThe compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author's ongoing struggle with epilepsy his torturous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination and his ensuing decades long battle to not only survive but to thriveAs a college freshman Kurt Eichenwald awoke one night on the floor of his dorm room confused and in pain In the aftermath of that critical moment his once carefree life would be consumed by confrontations with medical incompetence discrimination that almost cost him his education and employment physi. Rating 35Note Possible spoilersKurt Eichenwald was diagnosed with epilepsy in the late 1970s when he was a freshman at Swarth the prestigious private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania The first signs of the disease were short episodes of staring To friends Kurt would appear to be lost in a world of his own dazed and absent He had earlier been ill with paratyphoid fever with delirium and had also suffered a concussion Whether either of these conditions predisposed him to the seizure disorder is uncertain What is abundantly clear however is that he received dangerously substandard medical care for several years There were serious health conseuences as a result The poor treatment Kurt received was largely owing to the interference of his overbearing autocratic father a renowned pediatric infectious disease researcher When his adult son s first symptoms presented Dr Heinz Eichenwald who had a thing against for profit doctors and hospitals insisted that Kurt see a pediatric neurologist colleague who was not even a clinician but a research scientist Dr Nicholson had neither the knowledge nor the experience to prescribe anticonvulsants He also failed to monitor Kurt s blood for signs of drug toxicity Dr Nicholson led Kurt to believe that epilepsy was a shameful disease that would seriously restrict the young man s life An independent life and a stimulating profession Forget it Nicholson also cautioned Kurt against informing anyone of his condition and told him that if pressed he should refer to his condition as a seizure disorder as if it were some discrete neurological condition other than epilepsy In fact the terms seizure disorder and epilepsy are used interchangeably Another so called neurologist Dr Craddock who in fact had no credentials in the specialty and was actually a psychiatrist kept upping Kurt s medication dose When the patient reported disabling side effects the physician dismissed them offhandedly He d never heard of those kinds of drug reactions he said A third neurologist at Northwestern University Hospital Dr Strauss determined that Kurt didn t have epilepsy at all because his EEG which had been inappropriately administered was normal Epileptics can in fact have perfectly normal or inconclusive electroencephalograms According to Strauss Kurt had a classic conversion disorder hysteria due to psychiatric problemsEichenwald eventually found a good neurologist in Dallas his hometown but his problems weren t over Although he gained greater control of his condition with the drug Dilantin the seizures never went away completely At the center of his personal narrative is a fairly lengthy account of his shocking experience of discrimination at Swarth College officials particularly the clinical psychologist Leighton Whitaker fabricated lies about Kurt s academic performance social integration and mental health in order to push him out of the school Whitaker even bizarrely alleged that Kurt had a brain tumour claiming that the young man s Dallas neurologist had failed to diagnosis it Clinical psychologists by the way are not in the business of diagnosing brain lesions In reality and in violation of federal law the college s administration pushed Kurt out because his epilepsy was an inconvenience and the school didn t want to accommodate him Eichenwald fought Swarth tooth and nail and in the end graduated with his friendsThe remainder of the book documents the author s entry into the world of newspaper journalism It covers the many barriers and ordeals along the way Gaining health insurance was a particular trial and source of anxiety At least one struggling organization didn t want to employ Eichenwald because signing him onto the group health insurance plan would make the plan financially prohibitive for all During this time it was not uncommon for Eichenwald to have seizures on city streets only to wake up later in hospital having to face huge bills During one seizure episode he was brutally sexually assaultedThe author has fairly significant memory impairment because of the havoc poorly controlled epilepsy wreaked on his brain over the years In writing his memoir he acknowledges that he relied on contemporaneous notes and audiotapes he d made about his symptoms and experiences as well as the recollections of friends and family Some of these recollections by people close to him are included in the text Eichenwald uses pseudonyms for the medical professionals whose inattentiveness and poor judgment caused so much unnecessary damage He writes that he considered filing a suit against these physicians but recognizing that his father might actually side with them and that the legal case could drag on for months or even years he chose to forgo litigation and get on with his life insteadI learned a lot from reading this book but I believe it could have been uite a bit shorter without losing any power Eichenwald a longtime investigative reporter for The New York Times best selling author of nonfiction and currently a senior writer at Newsweek has written a courageous and illuminating book about a brave and determined life


10 thoughts on “A Mind Unraveled A Memoir

  1. says:

    Rating 35Note Possible spoilersKurt Eichenwald was diagnosed with epilepsy in the late 1970s when he was a freshman at Swarth the prestigious private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania The first signs of the disease were short episodes of staring To friends Kurt would appear to be lost in a world of his own dazed and absent He had earlier

  2. says:

    I couldn’t stop reading Eichenwald’s memoir is a powerful and riveting story of how he fought for what was right—the right to ha

  3. says:

    I've been spoiled twice in a row with incredible writer's and their amazing life stories Nothing like a reporter with thor

  4. says:

    I received an advanced copy of A Mind Unraveled as part of the giveaway program Reading Eichenwald's story is l

  5. says:

    With a little over 41o pages it's safe to say that this book is a lot Alot of information a lot of content a lot to think about and p

  6. says:

    The author's telling of his path to success in family and career is exciting and compelling Then add in all of the challenges that his lifetime with epilepsy contributed to every facet of his journey is amazing If you are unaware of the impact of Epilepsy please read and see how a young man pushed and grew and fought his path to success and you will learn about epilepsy along the way If you do know about epilepsy I have epilepsy

  7. says:

    I would have read this book at one clip had my Nook not reuired a charge toward the end Riveting infuriating informative human loving and reflective this memoir tells the story of a man who refused to give into institutional stupidity professional insufficiency and personal trauma He decided twice in his life to proceed to a specific goal one academic one personal He achieved his goals because of his own stren

  8. says:

    This is my number one read of 2018 This book will rip you apart It is agonizing to go on this journey of epilepsy with Kurt Eichenwald It is infuriating to meet a bevy of incompetent doctors There are so many people in this book that I absolutely hated Yet through it all Kurt never gave up He kept pushing on dema

  9. says:

    A masterfully written text by a young man now a middle aged man husband and father who happened to have epilepsy and was kicked out of Swarth College his freshman year by a bunch of lying psychologists neurologists the dean and the security department All of them had progressed past the idea that epilepsy was caused by demon possession but that it was still pretty weird and dangerous to be falling down and convulsing The

  10. says:

    5 stars“The compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author’s ongoing struggle with epilepsy—his torturous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination and his ensuing decad

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