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 | edit source]

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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.

Criticism[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Doctor Sullivan has published no studies on ME/CFS.

Clinic location[edit | edit source]

The Royal London Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

Articles[edit | edit source]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

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

Online presence[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

somatic symptom disorder A psychiatric term to describe an alleged condition whereby a person's thoughts somehow cause physical symptoms. The actual existence of such a condition is highly controversial, due to a lack of scientific evidence. It is related to other psychiatric terms, such as "psychosomatic", "neurasthenia", and "hysteria". Older terms include "somatization", "somatoform disorder", and "conversion disorder". Such terms refer to a scientifically-unsupported theory that claims that a wide range of physical symptoms can be created by the human mind, a theory which has been criticized as "mind over matter" parapsychology, a pseudoscience. Although "Somatic Symptom Disorder" is the term used by DSM-5, the term "Bodily Distress Disorder" has been proposed for ICD-11. (Learn more:

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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