Suzanne O'Sullivan

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Doctor Suzanne O'Sullivan is a British neurologist and author.

Book - It's All In Your Head[edit]

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Doctor Sullivan published her book, It's All In Your Head, in 2015. It is a book about medically unexplained symptoms and psychosomatic illness and includes a chapter on ME/CFS despite widespread agreement that it is not a psychosomatic illness.


The ME Association published a letter by Lady Countess of Mar.[1] The association also wrote its own letter of complaint to the British Times newspaper in response to its review of the book that incorrectly referred to ME/CFS as a psychosomatic illness.[2]

British charity Invest in ME also criticized the book which they describe as "stigmatising".[3]

British charity Action for ME also wrote to the Times to criticise coverage of the book.[4]

Professor James Coyne has written critically of the book describing it as a "dreadful book".[5][6]

Patient and author Nasim Marie Jafry has criticised the book, accusing it of "recycling nonsense".[7]

Geoffrey Jones published a blog referring to the book author's "ignorant meanderings about ME".[8]

Wellcome Book Prize[edit]

In April 2016 the book was awarded the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize, and the author a £30,000 prize (around US $45,000).[9]

Notable studies[edit]

Doctor Sullivan has published no studies on ME/CFS.

Clinic location[edit]

The Royal London Hospital, London, United Kingdom.


Talks & interviews[edit]

Suzanne O'Sullivan is quoted in a PVFS article in ELLE Magazine Mind Games[10]

Online presence[edit]

Learn more[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ‘It’s All in Your Head’ psychosomatic book storm | Countess of Mar challenges author to change her mind about ME/CFS]
  2. Failure to keep up with the research on ME/CFS is ‘inexcusable’
  3. INVEST IN ME Letter to The TIMES on David Aaronovitch Book review “It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan 6th June 2015
  4. Letter to The Times
  5. Guest blog reviewing Suzanne O’Sullivan’s It’s All in Your Head With an Introduction
  6. Experts weigh in on Suzanne O’Sullivan’s commentary on imaginary illness in The Lancet
  7. Wellcome Book Prize 2016 - ignorance rewarding ignorance
  8. Proud to be Ignorant?
  9. Suzanne O'Sullivan's It's All in Your Head wins Wellcome Book Prize 2016
  10. Mind Games - ELLE Magazine September 2016 - Phoenix Rising - ELLE Anecdotes used to promote O'Sullivan, complain she's being trolled

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