After reading the book Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, I feel the symptoms she had along with the many people she talked to are important. I think the biggest symptom that needs to be added to this list is the fact that she had a tingly, numbness feeling on her left side of the body. Doctors couldn't figure this out and ignored it, but Dr. Najjar, who diagnosed her with Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, came up with this conclusion after he gave her a piece of paper and told her to draw a clock. Susannah drew numbers 1-12 all on the right side of the paper, leading to the conclusion that her right side of the brain was inflamed, and this is what caused the numbness on the left side.
The recovery process from anti-NMDA encephalitis can take many months. The symptoms reappear in reverse order. The patient may begin to experience psychosis, leading many people to falsely believe the patient is not recovering. As the recovery process continues on, the psychosis fades. Lastly, the patient's social behavior and executive functions begin to improve.