The seizures intensified, and Cahalan became severely delusional as her hallucinations escalated. Her mood, too, could change in an instant, and she became increasingly unable to hold down her job. Finally, under pressure from her parents, doctors admitted her to an epilepsy unit at the New York University Hospital, where she would rack up a million dollar bill.
Despite the expensive medical care, however, Cahalan’s behavior went from bad to worse, and it had some of the country’s most experienced doctors completely baffled, too. Indeed, her paranoia reached new heights; as she told NPR Books, “I started acting very psychotic. I believed I could age people with my mind… and I believed that my father had murdered my stepmother.”