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Physical illnesses with no apparent cause? A neurologist explains what they could tell you about your life

Katherine Streeter for NPR

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Book cover image from Other Press website.
Book cover image from Other Press website.

In the book, “Is It All in Your Head,” neurologist and first-time book author Suzanne O’Sullivan looks at the possible causes behind some physical illnesses – like unrelenting pain, seizures, periodic paralysis -- medical science has failed to explain the cause of.  

They are called psychosomatic diseases and are little-studied. But they cost the health care system a considerable amount of money. O’Sullivan looks at the role stress and past traumas play in the manifestation of these ailments.


Suzanne O’Sullivan will be discussing her new book on Wednesday, January 18, at Vroman’s in Pasadena. The event starts at 7:00 pm. For more information, click here


Suzanne O’Sullivan, a neurologist and author of the award-winning book, “Is It All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness” (Other Press, 2017)