Episode 4

Returning From The Brink Of insanity

Season 4 06 June 2022 38 mins

with Neuroscientist Barbara K. Lipska

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The saying ‘I’m losing my mind’ couldn’t be truer for my next guest. This week I am speaking with Barbara K. Lipska, a Neuroscientist who was diagnosed in 2015 with metastatic melanoma in her brain’s frontal lobe. As the cancer progressed and was treated, she experienced behavioural and cognitive symptoms connected to a range of mental disorders, including dementia and her professional specialty, schizophrenia. Gradually, after a course of immunotherapy, Barbara returned to normal functioning and amazingly recalled her experience – even writing a memoir entitled ‘The Neuroscientist who Lost her Mind: My Tale of Madness And Recovery’. A tale like no other— I am honoured to speak with Barbara about returning home to her true self after her brush with insanity.

Barbara’s background [2:15]

Barbara’s illness [3:50]

The impact of her illness [10:05]

The journey of healing [15:48]

How to approach mental illness and its effects [20:45]

Key lessons learnt [23:47]

The future and moving on [28:15]

Closing thoughts [34:40]

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