It's All in Your Head

It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness

Non-Fiction, Health & Lifestyle, Illnesses & Conditions
Paperback Published on: 14/04/2016
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Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 '....a truly impressive book, chosen for its many insights into the relationship between the body and the mind'. - Joan Bakewell chair of the Wellcome Book Prize. Pauline first became ill when she was fifteen. What seemed to be a urinary infection became joint pain, then life-threatening appendicitis. After a routine operation Pauline lost all the strength in her legs. Shortly afterwards, convulsions started. But Pauline's tests are normal: her symptoms seem to have no physical cause whatsoever. This may be an extreme case, but Pauline is not alone. As many as a third of people visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected which is often the last thing a patient wants to hear and a doctor to say. We accept our hearts can flutter with excitement and our brows can sweat with nerves, but on this journey into the very real world of psychosomatic illness, Suzanne O'Sullivan finds the secrets we are all capable of keeping from ourselves.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099597858
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 234g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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It's All in Your Head
Recommend – Changes your perception of illness
I’ve just read ‘It’s all in your head’ by Suzanne O’Sullivan. The author is a Doctor specialised in her field telling true stories of psychosomatic illness... READ MORE
Charlotte Waters
It's All in Your Head
General Education for healthcare professionals
Dr Suzanne Stephenson's first book, as she has a full time day job as a neurologist. Her particular specialty is in dissociative epilepsy. Psychosomatic di... READ MORE
Simon Thomson
It's All in Your Head
So compassionate
A really interesting book, well written and easy for the lay person to understand. Compassionate and enlightening.
stuart bonney
It's All in Your Head
Fascinating, important, well written - Everyone should read this book.
This book has completely changed my ideas about psychosomatic illness. To be fair to myself, I don't think those ideas were particularly well formed in th... READ MORE
Isabel Losada
It's All in Your Head
Not the easiest subject matter - one man's battle with depression- but an uplifting and inspiring read nonetheless!
Paula Fitzsimon
It's All in Your Head
This is Now outdated!
This book is now outdated, it propagates an extremely simplistic 'Freudian' or 'conversion disorder' model of all medically unexplained illness. With rega... READ MORE
Tom Plender
It's All in Your Head
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IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan Suzanne O’Sullivan is a consultant in Neurology since 2004 and a consultant in clinical Neurophysiology. Her ex... READ MORE
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