Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Review: My Brain is Out of Control by Dr. Patrick Mbaya

Publication Date: September 2016
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Formats: Ebook
Pages: 76
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Tour Dates: October 23-December 15

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Although Dr. Patrick Mbaya’s illness caused a lot distress and nearly took his life, the emotional symptoms of the depression he developed helped him understand and empathize with patients and how they feel when they become ill. In My Brain is Out of Control, Mbaya, fifty-five and at the peak of his career, shares a personal story of how he suffered from a brain infection in 2010 that caused loss of speech, right-sided weakness, and subsequent depression. He tells how he also dealt with the antibiotics complications of low white cell count and hepatitis. He narrates his experiences as a patient, the neurological and psychiatric complications he encountered, how he coped, and his journey to recovery. Presenting a personal perspective of Mbaya’s illness from the other side of the bed, My Brain is Out of Control, offers profound insight into battling a serious illness.


I agreed to review this book because I thought it would be interesting to read a book written from a doctor's point of view. We've all been there - hoping that someone might be able to help us when we feel ill, whether physically or mentally. Dr. Mbaya suffered from a brain infection that caused him not only physical symptoms but mental ones as well.

This book is a detailed account of what he when through and how he worked through his illness to come out on the other side a better man and doctor. A truly fascinating read and one that will make you think about how quickly things can change in your life, and how with hard work and perseverance you can overcome and become a better person, able to help others. 

Dr. Patrick Mbaya is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He is a consultant psychiatrist and honorary clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has a special interest in mood and addiction disorders.

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