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

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It s All in Your Head Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness WINNER 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 operatio
  • Title: It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness
  • Author: Suzanne O'Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9780099597858
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • WINNER OF THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2016Pauline 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.WINNER OF THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2016Pauline 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.
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    I imagine the publisher was excited by Dr O Sullivan s ideas I saw the words groundbreaking and controversial in one of the blurbs Imaginary illness carries notions of madness across the centuries, as readers we are intrigued and seduced However, having read in detail the chapter Rachel , which deals with a young woman with ME CFS , I can say that the book is certainly not groundbreaking, but rather, in the case of ME, an irresponsible recycling of a dying very dangerous narrative which has been [...]

    It saddens me to see that a so badly researched chapter about ME CFS, a disease which has been classified as a neurological disease by the WHO since 1969, was published in this book.In February 2015 the IOM, the Institute of Medicine, a prestigious American Institute, came out with a report about ME CFS concluding that ME CFS is a medical not a psychiatric or psychological illness ncbimh pubmed 25On the 2nd of April 2015 prof Newton published an article in which she let muscle biopsies from ME p [...]

    O Sullivan is a UK based neurology consultant I picked this up from the bestsellers shelf of the library on a whim because I knew it had won the Wellcome Book Prize, awarded to a fiction or nonfiction book on a medical subject The kinds of conditions she writes about go by many names psychosomatic illnesses, conversion disorders, or functional conditions In every case the patients have normal neurological test results they do not have epilepsy or nerve damage, for instance but still suffer from [...]

    Suzanne O Sullivan is a neurologist consultant based in the UK In It s All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness she details the case histories of various patients who present with neurological symptoms However, these patients have normal neurological test results, no organic cause can be found for their illness, but they still suffer from e.g dissociative seizures or have lost the ability to move a limb They suffer from a psychosomatic disorder The cause of this is attributed to the pa [...]

    Three years ago, I got really sick like, really sick I got all these random symptoms that confused me and the doctors and then, for the grand finale, my lung collapsed and filled up with fluid Excellent I had life saving surgery, but they couldn t quite work out what had caused this meltdown They could only say it was someone kind of autoimmune problem, and my surgeon said he had seen it before in his native France after people had gone through a big bereavement He didn t know, at that point, th [...]

    It has some interesting bits but all in all it has two massive flaws 1 the title She doesn t consider them to be imaginary It s just an annoying marketing ploy.2 the biggie for me she doesn t follow up the cases so we don t know if they are success stories or not For all we know, patients could have been leading a functional and happier life with the alleged misdiagnosis.Also, the chapter on ME CFS feels undocumented and even preposterous, almost as if she had a bone to pick But I liked other b [...]

    I thought this book was a truly fascinating read I have always accepted that there is a strong link between the brain and the body and that the brain can produce symptoms in the body which are wholly unrelated to any physical cause When I was a child I always used to get a stomach upset on the first day of the school term Once I was at school the upset disappeared completely My mother sat me down and explained to me that sometimes the brain plays tricks on the body and that I would feel all righ [...]

    The chances are good that someone you know has a somatic illness and doesn t know it This empowering, intriguing book explains how the mind can control parts of the body to create genuine symptoms such as pain, blindness, and paralysis, even when all test results are normal The author doesn t excellent and compassionate job of explaining that while the symptoms are caused by the mind, they are still just as real as if something were physically wrong with the body Now, scientists are performing s [...]

    Now I like a good surgical memoire my top recommendation is when he air hits your brain which is both a memoire, an insight into neurosurgery and an historical journey through the evolution of the discipline ditto for Do No Harm however, while enjoyable, I felt that the patient accounts were somewhat incomplete the conclusion of the cases and the patient s journey to recovery or not was often omitted So these were case studies if you wish, to serve as illustrations of conditions.This places the [...]

    2.5 stars I found a lot of things frustrating in this book First of all, the doctor seemed very reluctant to believe anything her patients were saying and seemed determined to prove them wrong.Also, many of the case studies ended abruptly and we weren t told whether or not the patient recovered What s the point in only giving us half the story

    I was tempted to purchase this book having read the extracts in the weekend Guardian magazine a few weeks ago This accessible and insightful book provides a brief glimpse into some of the complexities of the human condition through the real life stories of patients with a variety of psychogenic disorders.Perceptive, engaging and really well written, this gives a fascinating insight into the working practice of a neurophysiologist O Sullivan balances true stories of some of the many patients she [...]

    A good read for understanding the experiences of living with psychosomatic disorders and how doctors work with them in clinics The author has managed to explain complex medically unexplained disorders and illnesses in a clear and simple manner without using medical or psychological jargon The characters illustrated in the case studies were quite lively She is trying to get people to understand the plight of this clinical group, and I think she has used the stories of some very interesting patien [...]

    Stress affects us all We are aware that we might have a racing heart during an important meeting, but few of us know that it can cause our bodies to react in extreme ways Some people can become completely disabled unable to move a limb, or become overwhelmed by seizures.Up to a third of all GP consultations are taken by people who are found to have no physical explanation for their symptoms In this book Suzanne O Sullivan, a consultant neurologist, investigates the root cause of some of the se [...]

    I enjoyed this book a lot and was glad to be given it by AS for my birthday as I had already bought it for A as she is studying medicine I remember reading a review saying that anybody who is studying medicine should read it I also related well to this book as I know I suffer from psychosomatic pain from time to time and its comforting to know that although there is no organic reason for my pain, there is still pain though the cure is psychological in my case body scans and relaxation This makes [...]

    I can imagine irony the conversation between the author and the publisher, It s a great book Suzanne so we thought the best title would be It s all in your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness and Dr O Sullivan going, But you ve missed the point The book is about how sufferers of disassociative seizures and other psychogenic disorders for which there aren t a medical explanation DON T imagine anything, it is utterly real to them, as are the many physiological changes, in the way it is real to [...]

    I was sadly, deeply disappointed by this book Her writing is fine, she s an obviously experienced doctor with many tales of interest and but if you know anything about psychiatry, psychology or modern neurology, you will find her stories a bit less than fulfilling She tries really hard to seem compassionate and empathetic but it just appears like a long excuse for having horrible bedside manner and being really poorly versed in anything but her own specialty of seizures In which case, I d ask he [...]

    It has the potential to be interesting but disappoints slightly It s long winded at times and very repetitive Having said that, it kept me reading to the end but some of the chapters were spoilt by alternating from patient story to neurology history some of which was interesting back to patient story Sometimes I forgot what the original case study was about I ve read interesting books like this such as Henry Marsh s Do No Harm.

    O Sullivan is a neurologist who specialises in psychosomatic disorders Here she recounts some of her memorable cases I found this fascinating the human mind and body is such a complex organism and it amazes me what we re capable of, even when things are going wrong A good introduction to this particular illness.

    Spoiler alert well, kind of I m a doctor and this book has been recommended to me by a colleague having said that I think that this book should and could be read and appreciated by anyone, just as long as they re a human being It continues to astound me that especially the medical profession think that our metal health and physical health are discrete entities When we have a physical injury it s going to affect our minds so, similarly, when we re mentally unwell it makes sense that our bodies tr [...]

    First of all, I have to point out the huge marketing mistake it was made through the subhead of some editions of this book, True stories of Imaginary Illness This is so misleading and wrong, psychosomatic disorder is far from being imaginary All the simptoms of this illness are real and very often debilitating Just because they have a psychological cause and not an organic one, doesn t mean they are imaginary What I cannot understand is how the author agreed to this blunder in the first place, c [...]

    I feel this book comprehensively covered the topic of psychosomatic disorders The main idea was that previous stress or traumatic experiences if not dealt with properly therefore repressed can display themselves in the form of physical ailments like seizures and even memory loss The highlight of the book for me was the lack of value people give to simple psychological phenomenon like stress I loved how she weaved in the history of famous psychological scientists with the narratives of her patien [...]

    Como anuncian en la contraportada, este libro es una especie de continuaci n de los relatos de los pacientes de Oliver Sacks En este caso, la autora habla de gente que tiene ataques epil picos, paralizaci n de miembros incluso estar postrado en una silla de ruedas cuando las pruebas fisiol gicas son absolutamente normales.Tal y como nuestro cerebro nos hace sentir mejor y nos hace tener reacciones que no controlamos pensemos, por ejemplo, en la risa , a veces nos puede castigar din que acabemos [...]

    I would like to give the book a much higher rating I admire Dr Sullivan s understanding and compassion for the very real suffering of patients with psychosomatic illness but I cringe at the titles of both versions of her book with their long standing negative connotations for the general public However, applying the label of psychosomatic illness even in a somewhat modified way as she does to ME CFS Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is just wrong To her credit, Dr Sullivan does [...]

    It s All in Your Head, by Suzanne O Sullivan, is subtitled True Stories of Imaginary Illness I found this a tad disingenuous The case studies that make up a large portion of the text cover a variety of psychosomatic illnesses and are each anything but imaginary The patients suffer paralysis, debilitating pain, and, because it is the author s speciality and therefore what she is most often consulted about, seizures that are regularly mistaken for epilepsy When extensive and detailed tests reveal [...]

    A very interesting book about a rare and peculiar phenomenon conversion hysteria as manifested by seizures with no organic genesis Although the author figures that 30 percent of hysterical seizures have a root cause in dissociation from sexual or physical trauma, which is about all one regularly reads about this, the curious part to me is what causes the other 70 percent The author acknowledges these conversion seizures are real and can be measured by EEGs, EKGs, and other physical tools she jus [...]

    Found this book in the library Seemed like an intriguing topic and one which I thought would be interesting to read Suzanne has been a consultant in neurology and in clinical neurophysiology for many years She regards her expertise as working with patients with psychogenic disorders as well as people suffering from other neurological diseases such as epilepsy.She gives many case studies of patients over her time as both consultant and newly trained All of these patients she deems as not having a [...]

    Emotionally based illness causes real symptoms and pain, is very common, and can be treated through psychiatry to resolve physical distress The author wants to change our mindsets to remove shame and judgment from diagnoses of psychogenic illness also called conversion disorder, somatic symptom disorder, psychosomatic disorder, psychogenesis, and in the past called hysteria or neurasthenia I found the author sympathetic to her patients who presented emotionally induced illness The sub title phra [...]

    I received an ARC e pub in exchange for an honest review I enjoyed this book The author is a neurologist and she reviews case studies of persons with neurological disorders, without neurological basis Instead, the disorders stem from a psychological issue It is amazing what the brain can do to protect a person from stress anything from seizures, to paralysis, to blindness I think this illustrates the stigma that mental illness continues to have, even today, as the case studies mentioned show mos [...]

    I enjoyed parts of the book especially when one of the possible explanations given for dissociative disorders was past learnt behaviours and history of reinforcement my words It is interesting to learn how our brains manifests pain or other symptoms seizures when our immediate environment is threatened, i.e when we are forced to face sticky situations This book has definitely reinforced my interest in neurology and the role it plays in human behaviour.

    I found this book a fascinating study and expianation of psychosomatic illness.I have always been curious about the idea of imagining yourselfeat times ruining your life because you have decided you have an illness.How can someone cause themselves to have seizures when there is nothing medically wrong or insist you have a disease like multiple sclerosis.Through case studies we are given a real view of people who are convinced they are ill can barely function in their daily lives,

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