Psychosomatic illness

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Guest: Suzanne O’Sullivan

Your co-worker says she feels sick. “It might be the flu,” she wonders aloud.  Suddenly your stomach starts to turn, you feel achy and you get the chills. Most of us have experienced moments like this, when our mind briefly tricks us into feeling sick. But for some, the power of psychosomatic illness is far more debilitating.  The patients that neurologist SUZANNE O’SULLIVAN has seen over the years suffer from seizures, paralysis, severe pain, and blindness, with no medically explained cause.  O’Sullivan explores these cases and the little understood disorder in her book Is It All in Your Head?  True Stories of Imaginary Illness.

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