The film starts with Susanna (Winona Ryder) trying to explain her suicide attempt to her doctor. it appears like he is only half listening to her and he questions her about illegal drug use. This struck a nerve with me as I have been frequently accused of being a drug addict, when I'm not, by doctors which has hindered my access to proper treatment in the past. Maybe it was appropriate in the 60's, but not today.
Yes, 'pararibulitis' is a fictional illness, but the way it is portrayed is very real and relatable to those with chronic illness.
Like many people with a chronic illness, I recently watched the Netflix adaptation of Brain on Fire. It is based on the memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan and follows Susannah's journey to a diagnosis the rare illness, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.