Is It All in Your Head?: True Stories of Imaginary Illness

Is It All in Your Head?: True Stories of Imaginary Illness

by Suzanne O'Sullivan


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ISBN-13: 9781590519493
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 780,842
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, working first at The Royal London Hospital and currently as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. She has developed an expertise in working with patients with psychogenic disorders, alongside her work with those suffering with physical diseases, such as epilepsy. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

1 Tears 1

2 Pauline 23

3 Matthew 55

4 Shahina 89

5 Yvonne 117

6 Alice 161

7 Rachel 199

8 Camilla 237

9 Laughter 277

Acknowledgments 291

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Is It All in Your Head?: True Stories of Imaginary Illness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Darcy714 More than 1 year ago
Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan began her career treating general neurology cases, but over time, noting the number of psychosomatic related neurological disorders she was seeing, began to specialize in such treatments. In Is It All in Your Head, she charts her own progress and experiences in the field, each chapter centering on a specific patient case file or files and the issues present in them. Though O’Sullivan admits there is a tendency in her field towards dismissing those neurological cases with a psychological basis, she argues strongly against it. She charts her own slow realizations as to the fact that a psychological cause does not make these conditions any less impairing, however it markedly influences the way the patients are treated by society, their employers and even doctors. Providing examples of diagnoses and case files throughout history from highly influential neurologists like Jean-Martin Charcot, who has thus far defined more neurological diseases than any other doctor. Sullivan charts the history and name changes of such psychogenic diseases from hysteria to neurasthenia to the multiple prevailing terms today including: psychogenic and psychosomatic disorders. Throughout, she provides a fascinating and highly readable collection of cases and medical history of such conditions. A highly readable and informative book that will appeal to lovers of psychology, medical literature, or those who just love to learn something new. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.