The consultant neurologist on psychosomatic illnessby Sameer Rahim / May 18, 2016 / Leave a comment
Is it possible for people to suffer from “imaginary illnesses”? If so, how should we go about treating them?
In her Wellcome Prize-winning book It’s All in Your Head, Suzanne O’Sullivan addresses these questions head-on, taking the reader through real-life case studies she found in her work as a consultant neurologist. She treats people who suffer from severe physical conditions—paralysis and even blindness—but whose illnesses are caused by emotional and mental states, rather than by physical ones.
But where do such illnesses come from? And how can the medical establishment better help those suffering from them? O’Sullivan offers some answers in her conversation with Sameer Rahim, Prospect‘s Arts and Books Editor.