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It’s All In Your Head

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It's All in Your Head
Published: 2016
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 dramatic our body's reactions to emotions can sometimes be.

I've been looking to finish this book for a while, I know if I promised a book review I'd have the motivation!

What I will say is don't let the title put you off. It is misleading and I know some people have taken it the wrong way. It's in your head because it's a neurological condition. As it's in your head, it doesn't mean its not true. Suzanne O'Sullivan saw patients in the clinic with physical symptoms that were struggling to understand the symptoms could have a neurological cause. When on a day to day basis we accept the mind and body connection more readily. If you get embarrassed you might blush, or if you feel worried you might feel sick. So why not accept the connect when it comes to more complex issues.

Keen followers of mine, might have seen that I've teased this book for a while. It has taken some time to read through. It can take a fair bit of concentration due to the medical language and my wanting to absorb so much of the information. The other reason is that some of the details in the case studies reminded me of my situation, so I had to be emotionally strong enough to read it.

Suzanne O'Sullivan has a plea at the end of the book for there to be a change in the way these illness are viewed. "Doctors should be less afraid of this diagnosis...and more compassionate to the sufferers. Medical schools should teach their students about this disorder, create better doctors. Medical professionals need to stop placing this unqualified diagnosis right at the bottom of their list."

There is so much information in this book, I'm definitely going to read it again. However I'm so pleased that I've finally finished it and it was worth the wait.

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