"If an autoimmune disorder of the brain could so closely resemble psychiatric illnesses, then what, really, were these illnesses?"
"After languishing for almost a century, this idea has reemerged, prompted in part by observations linking the immune system to psychiatric symptoms. Scientists have found, for example, that simply activating people’s immune systems as though they were fighting a viral infection can cause profound despair and suicidal thoughts."
"His memory formation stops during relapses, and he had to miss many months of high school over the years. He nonetheless managed to graduate with straight A’s and was admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he started this past January. “If I write a book, I will call it Fragmented Memories,” he wrote in his application essay. “After each hospitalization, I have had to re-build my life from scratch.”