A neurologist explores the very real world of psychosomatic illness.
Most of us accept the way our heart flutters when we set eyes on the one we secretly admire, or the sweat on our brow as we start the presentation we do not want to give. But few of us are fully aware of how much more dramatic and extreme our body's reactions to emotions can sometimes be. Up to a third of people who go to see their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained; in the vast majority of these cases an emotional cause is suspected. And yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, 'it's all in your head' is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say.
In It's All in Your Head consultant neurologist Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan takes us on a journey through the world of psychosomatic illness, to meet patients like Pauline, who has been ill all her adult life; like Camilla, the lawyer with the perfect life -- except for her unexplained seizures; Yvonne, who was blinded at work by cleaning spray; Rachel who was a promising dancer but now is stuck in the purgatory of ME. Suzanne O'Sullivan encourages us to look deep inside the human condition, at the secrets we are all capable of keeping from ourselves, and to question our age-old failure to credit the intimate and extraordinary connection between mind and body.
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DR. SUZANNE O'SULLIVAN has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, first working at The Royal London Hospital and now as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. In that role 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.Review:
"Doctors' tales of their patients' weirder afflictions have been popular since Oliver Sacks... Few of them, however, are as bizarre or unsettling, as those described in this extraordinary and extraordinarily compassionate book" -- James McConnachie Sunday Times "An important study of psychosomatic illness, which shows it to be a serious disease of modern society: misunderstood, misdiagnosed and surrounded by fear" -- Louise Carpenter Telegraph "An extraordinary book... an important one too" -- Kathryn Hughes, 5 stars Mail on Sunday "Honest, fascinating and necessary" -- David Aaronovitch The Times "This vital, engaging book... holds its own with recent bestsellers Do No Harm, the memoir of a neurosurgeon, and The Examined Life, by psychiatrist Stephen Grosz" -- Hermione Eyre Newsweek "It's All in Your Head sits companionably beside Stephen Grosz's The Examined Life... it casts sympathetic light on debilitating conditions that are often medically and socially vilified" -- Kate Colquhoun Sunday Express "A fascinating glimpse into the human condition... a forceful call for society to be more open about such suffering" -- Ian Birrell Daily Mail "A doctor's intriguing look at the puzzling world of psychosomatic illness" Sunday Times "I don't read much fiction but I made an exception for this... Stress and sadness are motors of the subconscious, the mind is writer of medical fictions" -- Linda Grant Metro "Like Oliver Sacks, Sullivan, a consultant neurologist, has a rich vein of experience to share" -- Lucasta Miller Independent "A revealing book on the subject [of psychosomatic illness]" Psychologies Magazine "Sharp and intriuging" -- Doug Johnstone Big Issue "She tackles more detailed medical and neurological aspects of the subject in an easily understandable, organic style, adding to the narrative rather than disrupting it" -- 4 stars BBC Focus "Rising stars of 2015: one to watch" Guardian "Using a series of fascinating case studies as a framework, Dr O'Sullivan skillfully weaves the historical understanding, and misunderstanding, of functional illness into a series of narratives that are moving and thought provoking." -- Adam Staten British Journal of General Practice
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Book Description Chatto & Windus, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110701189266