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Podcast: Suzanne O’Sullivan—when illness is “all in your head”

The consultant neurologist on psychosomatic illness

By Sameer Rahim  

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…

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