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A Mind Unraveled

A Memoir

by Kurt Eichenwald

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A Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald
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    Oct 2018, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2019, 432 pages

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A compelling story of an acclaimed journalist's ongoing struggle with epilepsy.

New York Times journalist Kurt Eichenwald was diagnosed with epilepsy in November 1979 at the age of 18. At the time his doctor advised him, "Don't tell anyone about your diagnosis. If people know you have epilepsy, they'll be afraid. Seizures are frightening. If you tell people, you might lose friends or jobs." His latest book, A Mind Unraveled, is a memoir about the damage such advice caused him, the discrimination he endured when his condition became known, and how he fought to not only overcome the challenges facing him but to go on to become a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer.

According to the Mayo Clinic, epilepsy is a neurological disorder "in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness." Most patients are able to get their seizures under control with medication, but each person is different...

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