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Meet the neuroscientist who lost her mind (then got it back again)

Megyn Kelly TODAY welcomes Barbara Lipska, a distinguished neuroscientist who says she became “a heartless monster” when brain tumors caused her to experience symptoms of madness, like seeing her own hand disappear. She tells Megyn how immunotherapy relieved her condition, and says today, “I live from one day to another, enjoying every single day of my life.”

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National Institute of Mental Health Doctor Barbara Lipska On Her Own Experience With Brain Tumors, Mental Illness And New Memoir

Jim Braude was joined by Barbara Lipska, a neuroscientist at the National Institute of Mental Health, to discuss her experience with brain cancer which she describes in her new memoir “The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind.” 

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THE NEUROSCIENTIST WHO LOST HER MIND

In January 2015, Barbara Lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness—was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers.