It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness

It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness By Suzanne OSullivan ✍ – It's all in a Nutshell Crochet – a nutty crochet blog August August It's all in a Nutshell Crochet Part is the final part of TLC Blanket and now we learn to work with two colors and make a border ar It's all in Your eBook ☆ in a Nutshell Crochet – a nutty crochet blog August August It's all in a Nutshell Crochet Part is the final part of TLC Blanket and now we learn to work with two It's All MOBI :Ê colors and make a border around our blanket Working with two colors at the same time opens up doors for detailed color work techniues like tapestry crochet Tommy Edwards It's All In The Game YouTube It's All in Your PDF/EPUB è All In The Game by Tommy Edwards Lyrics Many a tear have to fall But it's all in the game All in the wonderful game That we know as love You have words Watch Columbo Season All in Your Head True PDF or Episode It's All in the Season Episode It's All in the Game First Aired October Faye Dunaway plays a sophisticate who charms the raincoat off Lt Columbo Peter Falk as he tries to pin her lover's murder Katie Melua tous les CD disues vinyles | fnac Dcouvrez tout l'univers Katie Melua la fnac En poursuivant votre navigation vous acceptez la politiue Cookies le dpt de cookies et technologies similaires tiers ou non ainsi ue le croisement avec des donnes ue vous nous avez fournies pour amliorer votre exprience la diffusion des contenus et publicits personnaliss par notre enseigne ou par des partenaires au regard de It's all in my head It's all in my head likes talking about this This is a blog created by Jaci Gregg who having been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour in August would like to share her ongoing experience The Cozy Red | It's All In My Head It's All In My Head Hello dear readers My my it’s been a great long while since I’ve made a post here Traduction stumble franais | Dictionnaire anglais | Reverso traduction stumble dans le dictionnaire Anglais Francais de Reverso voir aussi 'stumble on'stumble across'stumble on'stubble' conjugaison expressions idiomatiues The Weeknd I Feel It Coming Lyrics | AZLyricscom Daft Punk were the main producers of this track The Weeknd told the Wall Street Journal about his experience Their studio is like a spaceship; there's a lot of gear but the way they make music the way they explain it is very cinematicIt's like they're reading a page out of a novel 'We want to make sure that at the end it feels like the sun's coming up and maybe there's a car chase' What is DNA? 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10 thoughts on “It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    I well knew the power of the mind over the body since I was 13 and 'gave' myself appendicitis I had a test on Anna Karenina and hadn't read the 800 page book I said I had a tummy ache and went to the school sick room and read all day That night I had to go to Hebrew school and I had forgotten about a test so I said I had a tummy ache and drew a picture until my father came to pick me up and I went straight to bed to read Anna Karenina for the test next day still feigning painAt midnight I woke in excruciating agony with tummy ache At 4 am I had an emergency appendectomy and was so ill I was in hospital for 3 weeks and missed the Anna Karenina test and won third prize in a national art competition since my parents sent off my drawing I got a WH Smiths gift voucher Fairly early on in the book the author says that there was a test with a CAT scan There were three elements to the test First the sufferer of the psychosomatic illness which had intractable physical symptoms had a scan Secondly normal students then had a brain scan Then the students were asked to pretend to be ill with the same symptomsYou would think that the scans from the pretence and the all in the head patient would be identical wouldn't you? But they weren't All three scans were different A psychosomatic illness is uite genuine it's not the consciousness faking it it's the brain reacting to an issue with physical symptoms No one would know they were doing it it's not under their control if it was they could stop it and wouldn't have worked their way up through many doctors and tests to seeing a consultant neurologistYet the doctor nor anyone else it seems tells ME sufferers of these scans that would prove their illness is not imagined despite the stupid eye catching title no doubt imposed by the publisher that they are not faking it that just because the symptoms have a psychosomatic rather than pathological base whether they started from a physical issue or not their illness is very realMECFS view spoiler uote from the author To include MECFS in a book primarily concerned with the description of those suffering psychosomatic illness is foolhardy to say the least A fierce argument has raged for decades between those who consider this to be a purely organic disorder and those who view it as psychologically drivenSo she knew what she was getting into However some of these ME sufferers are really out of order The UK's prime researcher into MECFS has endured years of abuse and even death threats for his work instead of praise His crime? He is a psychologist hide spoiler

  2. Nasim Nasim says:

    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 'MECFS' 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 perpetuated by psychiatrists since the nineties And having dipped into the other chapters I'm afraid I find her style to be rather unengaging and toneless though I wonder also if that is a kind of clinical constraint So her ideas must be sparkling and new if I am to be pulled inWhile vigorously suggesting that patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis ME have false illness beliefs she then bases the entire chapter on her own beliefs There is no evidence whatsoever to prove that ME is psychosomatic There is however growing robust evidence that ME is a complex multi systemic neuroimmune illness and the key to unlocking the puzzle is ever nearer biomedical researchers worldwide are excited and hopeful about finding a uniue biomarker Dr O'Sullivan acknowledges that there is evidence of immune abnormalities but then chooses to ignore them completely and goes off on her wild somatisation spree She seems not to want the science to progress so zealous is she in her beliefsThe whole chapter on 'Rachel' is manipulative and incoherent illuminating only in what it omits I know what the gaps are so I can see the huge holes She wrongly says that graded exercise GET is the most effective treatment even although this treatment has been thoroughly discredited it makes patients worse This psychologising of ME is extremely harmful to patients as patients and true specialists have been pointing out for yearsI have had virally triggered ME since 1983 I was nineteen years old an undergraduate unlucky to get a nasty enterovirus and was diagnosed by a consultant neurologist after EMG and muscle biopsy and many blood tests which confirmed abnormalities I had been ill for eighteen months at the time of diagnosis steadily getting worse and of course had never heard of ME then few people had I didn't go upstairs to my room and google My initial treatments included a plasma exchange with immunosupression and anti viral drugs And yet Dr O'Sullivan denies hotly in her book that immunotherapy is used for ME anywhere She also seems unaware of the anti cancer drug trial going on in Norway just now The scientists have recently been in London discussing their trial at an annual ME conference which attracts scientists from all over worldShe also fails to mention the huge confusion caused by the different criteria for ME the CFS chronic fatigue syndrome label was introduced in late eighties in UK and the criteria for ME were widened and diluted with the result that anyone with unexplained 'chronic fatigue' was being diagnosed with ME This conflation of 'classic ME' and CFS has caused a major headache for patients no pun intended Patients who do have psychiatric based fatiguing illness are sometimes being misdiagnosed with ME The conflation has naturally caused immense problems with research; over severely illbedridden patients with actual ME are not being included in trialsO'Sullivan also makes no reference to post exertional malaise PEM which is uniue to ME exhaustion physical and mental after trivial exertion she talks only generally of 'fatigue' She ignores the disabling cognitive dysfunction Rachel has some concentration problems but O'Sullivan does not describe the classic ME 'brain fog' which all of us w ME experience as a kind of 'dementia' We routinely forget everyday words we mix words up we forget people's names we cannot remember simple facts we leave taps on Neither does she mention orthostatic intolerance the inability to be upright stand for long another cardinal feature Indeed many people with ME have full blown POTS postural tachycardia syndrome She basically excludes all the symptoms of ME in her discussion bar 'fatigue' She seems to think managing ME is managing fatigue and Rachel 'fails' in her management Naughty RachelI honestly wonder if Dr O'Sullivan truly believes what she has written or if she needed to pad out her book as she didn't have enough real psychosomatic illnesses for the pot And she knows writing about ME as a psychiatric illness will be immediately controversial even when she is wrong Whatever her motive she has failed spectacularly to keep up with the research and she has insulted not only ME patients but the whole scientific community engaged in ME researchI just want to add that this may be one of the most revealing passages in the MECFS chapter'In my early years training in neurology I encountered many patients with CFS but recently neurologists have distanced themselves from this disorder and patients are likely to seek help from immunologists or endocrinologists I do not currently see patients for the purpose of diagnosing or treating MECFS but many of my patients with dissociative seizures have a history of MECFS and there is something very interesting in that fact alone'There is something very interesting in the fact that Suzanne does not seem to have actually met many patients with classic Ramsay ME in 1990s when she was training the WesselyCFSpsychiatry school was just taking root so it's hard to know what was actually wrong with the 'CFS' patients she was seeing I reiterate Rachel the case study with MECFS is to my mind an artificial construct a composite character with the 'behaviours' of ME patients internet diagnosis increasingly helpless 'over helpful' parents that the Wessely school adores Rachel rejects the psychiatric treatment offered her We never find out what happens to her though Suzanne says 'The impact of our emotional well being on our health is not a trifling problem I only wish I could convince Rachel of this'O'Sullivan also fails spectacularly to describe the experience of probably all of us with ME of pushing ourselves to 'recover' only to relapse catastrophically Her apparent lack of contact with patients who actually have ME coupled with not following the science would perhaps explain why she felt that including ME in a book of imaginary illnesses was acceptable

  3. Maik Speedy Maik Speedy says:

    It saddens me to see that a so badly researched chapter about MECFS a disease which has been classified as a neurological disease by the WHO since 1969 was published in this bookIn February 2015 the IOM the Institute of Medicine a prestigious American Institute came out with a report about MECFS concluding that MECFS is a medical—not a psychiatric or psychological—illness the 2nd of April 2015 prof Newton published an article in which she let muscle biopsies from ME patients and healthy controls exercise in the laboratory and found 4 metabolic abnormalities in MECFS Which clearly proves that MECFS is a physical disease and that this disease has got nothing to do with false illness beliefs being psychosomatic etchttpjournalsplosorgplosoneartiIn January 2015 exercise physiologist professor Betsy Keller from New York wroteGiven what we have learned in the past eight years about this illness it is intellectually embarrassing to suggest that ME is a psychological illness  exercise physiologists measure things like VO2 max contrary to psychiatrists who don't measure anythingIn October 2011 two Norwegian oncologists published their Rituximab study which suggest that MECFS is an autoimmune diseasehttpwwwplosoneorgarticleinfodAnd these are only a number of the thousands of articles showing physical abnormalities in this diseaseIt's very sad to see doctors like Dr O'Sullivan ignore evidence which doctors shouldn't do and as Professor Hooper wrote a few years ago when does ignoring evidence by doctors become serious professional misconduct ? 's very clear that Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan ignored all the evidence that what she says is wrong and therefore crossed that line as mentioned by professor Hooper by a mileSo what should happen is that this neurologist faces disciplinary action from the GMC the General Medical Council in the UK Further Dr O'Sullivan and her publisher should issue a public apology the book should be recalled and the chapter she wrote about MECFS should be removed from the book

  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    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 dissociative seizures or lose the use of limbs Their symptoms have an emotional origin instead“Psychiatric disorders manifesting as physical disease are at the very bottom of the pile” O’Sullivan writes “They are the charlatans of illnesses” Indeed early in her career she was likely to assume such patients were shamming Although she does describe two patients who through video recordings were found to be faking seizures in most cases the symptoms are real but arise from the subconscious rather than a physical cause Along with cases from her own career the author writes about early doctors who developed the science of conversion disorders including Jean Martin Charcot and Sigmund FreudI read the book very uickly almost compulsively; these are fascinating stories for anyone who’s interested in medical mysteries That’s in spite of the fact that O’Sullivan does not strike me as a natural storyteller her accounts of patients’ cases are often no than just one thing after another and in reports of her own conversations with patients she comes across as almost robotic and not always very compassionate Ultimately I believe she does empathize with those with psychosomatic illnesses – otherwise she wouldn’t have written a whole book to illuminate their plight – but it would have taken the writing skill of someone like Atul Gawande for this to be a better book I’m pretty surprised this won a major prizeNote Many of the low ratings you’ll see for this book are in relation to Chapter 7 about CFSMEfibromyalgia These are controversial fatigue disorders and O’Sullivan is aware that even mentioning them in a book about psychosomatic illnesses is “foolhardy to say the least” I don’t think what she actually has to say about these conditions is offensive though and I say that as someone whose mother struggled with fibromyalgia for years She allows that there may be physical triggers but that emotional well being and traumatic experiences or regular stress cannot be overlookedChew on this “More than seventy per cent of patients with dissociative seizures and chronic fatigue syndrome are women” The author’s best guess for why this is? “On the face of it women turn their distress inward and men turn it outward”Many of her patients are outraged by referral to a psychiatrist as if they’re being told they’re making it all up but it’s actually a holistic approach acknowledging that the mind has a big influence on how we feel

  5. Emily B Emily B says:

    A very interesting and informative read for sure Many of the case studies in this book have stuck with me since I’ve read this book It wasn’t too scientific or medical and therefore was not too laborious to read IT had a good balance between information and the telling of people’s stories

  6. Petra Petra says:

    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 eg 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 patients' subconscious their emotional well being relating to present or past emotional stress andor trauma As psychosomatic illness is still a socially unacceptable disorder many of O'Sullivan's patients react in a defensive sceptical or even furious manner when faced with the suggestion to consult a psychiatrist so I'm crazy mada psycho now?I was really interested in reading this book because the best and most useful internship I spent during my training were four months in a psychosomatic clinic In the end it took me forever to finish this book That's not to say that it wasn't good but Ms O'Sullivan isn't a natural storyteller In addition the structure of the book made it really difficult to stay with it The case studies which I was most interested in are interrupted by long passages providing historical background covering Charcot Freud etc By the time the author returned to talking about a particular patient again I often had trouble remembering who that patient was Ok maybe my problem as well for having a rubbish memory but I wish the book had been structured differently In general this is an informative introduction to psychosomatic disorders especially if you are also interested in gaining some insight into the history of medicinepsychology but I was keen to find out about how these patients fared once they were transferred to a psychiatrist and how they dealt with their diagnosis But I guess that doesn't fall within Dr O'Sullivan's remit so I appreciate that some information was missing Some chapters as shown by some reviews of this book are controversial depending on your opinion regarding psychosomatic illness Overall I found O'Sullivan's stance respectful and empathetic She comes across as a compassionate and honest medical professional The title of the book isn't particularly helpful because the point is that these are not imaginary illnesses as O'Sullivan points out herself but very real for the tormented patients Recommended if you're interested in finding out about the power of the mind over the body and you like a solid introduction to psychosomatic disorders I received an ARC via NetGalley

  7. Chris Steeden Chris Steeden says:

    ‘Psychosomatic disorders are conditions in which a person suffers from significant physical symptoms – causing real distress and disability – out of proportion to that which can be explained by medical tests or physical examination’I am guessing that this book is controversial in some people’s eyes even though O’Sullivan states ‘I hope to communicate to others what my patients have taught me Perhaps then future patients – people like you and me our friends families and colleagues – will not find themselves so bewildered and alone’ Right now ‘Society is judgemental about psychological illness and patients know that’ Before she gets into the patients’ cases which are set as different chapters she says ‘some of the common preconceptions and judgements levelled at those with psychosomatic illness need to change’Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004 although she ualified as a doctor in 1991 She had always wanted to be a neurologist Neurology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system In this her first book she is looking at those people who ‘unconsciously think themselves ill’ How many of us are ‘aware of the freuency with which our emotions can produce serious disability where no physical disease of any sort exists to explain it?’ She tells us that ‘Psychosomatic disorders are not neurological disorders They belong to the fields of psychology and psychiatry’ Through her work she has seen many patients who suffer in this way though It is because the patient has a physical symptom that they seek help from a medical doctor The physical symptom is masking emotional distress Sullivan statesIs this book readable? Will I be able to keep up with the doctor writing this? Thankfully the answer is yes to both This is not an academic book in the way it is delivered I found it absolutely fascinating Some of the patient stories are incredible These are not symptoms that are put on by the patient There is something real going on Well the brain says there is The doctors would say ‘Your tests are normal There is nothing we can do’ What can be done though? As stated each chapter is set out with a specific case and other cases that are like it You will see the commonalities The reviews on Goodreads are so insightful especially those that give the book one star Read the book then read the reviews on Goodreads It makes for interesting reading I make no judgement either way

  8. Damaskcat Damaskcat says:

    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 right once I got to school She did of course make sure there wasn't anything I was worrying about at school and there wasn't because I actually enjoyed school I did gradually grow out of it as I got olderI suppose because of my own experiences I didn't find this book hard to accept at all The author is at pains to distinguish between those patients who are real malingerers and who are making up their symptoms for reasons of their own but are consciously doing it and are in control of their symptoms and those who really do experience their symptoms but have no identifiable physical cause for them So there is a huge difference between those two casesI think many of us have come across those people who can faint at will or who can produce tears on demand but these abilities are a long way away from those who faint for no apparent physical cause but are as distressed by the experience as are the onlookers How can mental and emotional distress produce symptoms in the body? No one really knows but once the underlying distress is dealt with then the physical symptoms usually disappearUnfortunately many people confuse the idea of imaginary symptoms with the idea that an emotional trauma can cause perfectly genuine physical symptoms and see it as an insult if it is suggested to them that a psychiatrist might be able to help them The author describes the extreme reactions many people have to any suggestion that psychology might be able to help them In any illness psychology might be able to help since the brain and the body are so closely linked that one is going to have an effect on the other People who believe they have epileptic seizures are often very upset to be told that they do not have epilepsy and their seizures are caused by stress or trauma They freuently do not believe this to be the case even when EEG readings and video footage show they are not having an epileptic seizureI think the best way to approach the book is at the very least with an open mind I found it compelling reading The author writes well and in an approachable style I would have liked to see a bibliography included though there is an index I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the mindbody link and the way it can affect us

  9. Sergio Mori Sergio Mori says:

    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 ploy2 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 misdiagnosisAlso the chapter on MECFS feels undocumented and even preposterous almost as if she had a bone to pick But I liked other bits so it's not a complete fail

  10. Jon Morris smith Jon Morris smith says:

    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 conditionsThis places the focus on the conditions and a degree of medical insight which comes with that I did find some of the detail somewhat repetative and there were some blind avenues which were included for apparently no purpose however there is a recurring topic of phantom seizures which present as epileptic seizures but are in fact a manifestation of a response to life event stress trauma etc Brains of patients with these seizures don't exhibit the same electrical 'storms' of epilepsy which is the key differentiatorHighly interestingAlso interesting is that treatment can only start when patients start to see psychiatrists the stigma attached to that and the uestion of are you saying I've got a mental illness is most tellingSo overall a recommendation a partial recommendation perhaps but perhaps so if you have an interest in how mental illness can affect anyone and how accepting that and addressing the stigma is as much a part of the treatment as the help which comes after

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