It’s All in Your Head

True stories of imaginary illness

By Suzanne O’Sullivan

Medicine, Neurology, Mental Health


Published by Chatto & Windus

Winner 2016
It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

A neurologist explores the very real world of psychosomatic illness.

Up to a third of people who go to see their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained; in many 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. We meet patients like Pauline, who has been ill all her adult life, Camilla, the lawyer with the perfect life – except for her unexplained seizures – Yvonne, who was blinded at work by cleaning spray, and Rachel, a once-promising dancer now stuck in the purgatory of ME.

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