The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

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, which she failed to acknowledge herself. Gradually, after a course of immuno...

Details The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

TitleThe Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Science, Health, Mental Health, Medical

Reviews The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

  • Petra X
    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 repeatedly and it is one of the reasons I didn't warm to her. Is this to contrast her off-the-wall behaviour when she was ill?The author was not mad, she had defic...
  • Barbara
    3.5 starsBarbara 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, which secures post-mortem brains for research about the brain and behavior. Barbara Lipska Lipska's expertise helped her understand her symptoms when she developed metas...
  • Canadian Reader
    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 melanoma in 2011, Lipska had gone on to enjoy good health and a very active lifestyle for several years. Although advised in 2011 that there was a 30% chance of the melano...
  • Eve
    "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 lasted about two months."—Barbara K. LipskaI really enjoy books about neuroscience and the brain. I think the book that really turned me on to the subject matter was Bra...
  • Valerity (Val)
    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 get treated for melanoma in the brain. While she was being treated for it, it left her acting like she had some of the mental illnesses that she'd been studying al...
  • Lisa
    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.—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Every Note Played
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #47Many 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 bookThis woman was a Polish immigrant and of the highest intellect. She ran her own brain study clinic, which makes what happened to her all the more ironic. She was a strong athlete and excelled at several activities. She cooked dinner every ...
  • Rana
    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 memoirs are told by rich(ish), white women WHO ARE COMPLETELY AND FUCKING UNAWARE OF THEIR PRIVILEGE HOLY SHIT. I mean, where the fuck are those memoirs about the poor, work...
  • Biljana
    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. Lipska studies the brain and mental illness (with a focus on schizophrenia), so she has a strong background regarding the brain and its functions. Nevertheless, she ...
  • Meredith
    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. giving her location advantage. She needed all these factors to survive. Most of us in her health situation would be dead, but because she had means and access she has no...
  • Kait
    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 one unlucky event away from madness is terrifying, but Lipska presents her story brush with mental illness factually and scientifically in a way that only a scientis...
  • Laurie
    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 quite a while. She returns with red dye running down her head and body, looking like a victim of a serious crime. Then she suddenly loses a quarter of her visual field...
  • Mary
    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 mental illness and brain function. Dr. Lipska shares her story of how the melanoma that she was treated for earlier in life came raging back in the form of tumors at...
    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 clinica ho trovato questo libro molto molto bello, specialmente perché l'autrice é sopravvissuta e sta bene, ma anche perché mi ha offerto numerosi insight e molti s...
  • A. D. Paventi
    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 after blow.
  • Cindy Leighton
    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 inflamed her brain. A neuroscientist herself, she was no more able to recognize the memory loss, the extreme personality change, the inability to complete simple t...
  • Robert
    After a book reading by a neighborhood author at my local library yesterday, I spotted this book on the New Books rack. The title seemed very familiar, but it was the author's name that reminded me of why I knew the book. Last week I listened to a Smart People podcast with Barbara Lipska. I was driving a non-autonomous vehicle, so I wasn't easily able to take a note to remind myself to get a copy of the book. My fellow drivers hopefully appreciat...
  • Wendy Cosin
    Barbara Lipska’s memoir was an engaging, quick, educational read. She writes about the brain science in a way I could understand. Of most interest for me was a glimpse into what it was like inside her head during brain swelling and other frontal cortex issues. I have a friend with FTD, so it was helpful to gain some understanding about how she feIt during the time that her behavior had changed, as well as her inability to recognize the changes....
  • Melanie
    Barbara Lipska's memoir could have been harrowing. Instead, the reader is filled with awe as she reads about the way a brain melanoma can affect one's personality, abilities, and sense of self, told by a woman who is both a brain researcher and an educator. Many of the symptoms that were caused by the disease had to be reconstructed by this scientist, who had spent her life researching the very topic of how mental illness might be caused - or det...
  • Robin Bonne
    Barbara Lipska suffered multiple melanoma tumors in her brain that caused neurological problems while she underwent different treatments for them. Her understanding of the human brain, coupled with her own experience with the side effects of mental illness, makes her story insightful and compelling.I find the human brain to be one of the most fascinating parts of science. This book was an in-depth look into the world of neuroscience from not only...
  • Dorothea
    I received an ARC of "THE NEUROSCIENCTIST WHO LOST HER MIND" from NetGalley for an honest review. I wish to thank NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Barbara Lipska/Elaine McArdlie for the opportunity to read this book.This book was so exciting for me to think about reading. However, for me, it got bogged down a bit in the medical jargon. What I really was into reading was the PERSONAL story of the author - how she interacted with her famil...
  • SundayAtDusk
    "Everything we dream, think, feel and do--everything that makes us who we are--comes from the brain. We are our brains."--Barbara K. Lipska, Ph.D.Those two lines near the end of this book explains why I can't totally embrace Dr. Lipska's story. Not surprisingly, she thinks like a scientist, and is certainly entitled to her scientific beliefs. I, on the other hand, am much more metaphysically inclined, and don't see scientists and doctors as gods ...
  • Ari
    Interesting read about a neuroscientist who has to go a procedure for tumors in her brain and how it affected her. What an incredible woman, who went through so much. Some of this was a bit much to read, with a lot of the medical talk that went over my head, but otherwise I found it gripping.
  • Tracy
    I thought this was fascinating and went a long way to describe the inner workings of someone who's brain is undergoing changes, disease, etc. She must have taken marvelous notes about how she was feeling to be able to come back and tell us this story.
  • Becky
    Interesting story, but not particularly well written. The style was very factual and chronological. It reads like it was written by a scientist used to writing scientific papers (which it was!). It finally picked up in the last 40 pages. I would recommend Susannah Calahan's book over this one any day for a memoir about psychological symptoms caused by brain disease.
  • Wendyjune
    This book that did not appeal to me, it 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, all amazing, loving kind, with perfect children, grandchildren and loving partners, and the way she defined success in life was mind blowing, some high expectations of those around her, and of herself. She was still training while she...
  • Lisa Hosack
    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. Both are obviously important, but the author shares disappointingly little about what she may have learned about empathy or compassion or the deep lessons that only su...
  • Eleanor
    Several years ago I had a nasty fall and suffered a mild (but nonetheless) traumatic brain injury. Although I had a very good recovery, it is also true that I have never been the same. My intellectual abilities, while never terribly impressive, were and are intact. My ability to cope with strong emotions, small frustrations, and competing visual and auditory stimuli, however, was altered. I'm only sharing that because since my accident happened, ...
  • Jenn Warner
    fascinating recount of this woman's ordeal. I found her writing style hard to warm to, but her story is incredible and her resolve, tenacity, and resiliency are amazing
  • Katie Reynolds
    So unfortunately I went into this book with the comparison to Brain on Fire by Susannah Callahan. This book, is not that. I loved Brain on Fire and was thoroughly engaged. Although I was engaged in this book, I found myself becoming a little bored due to the repetitive nature of her writing. In addition to the repetitive writing, I found myself not liking the author. She was mean and unlikable during the height of her disease but after I found my...