A neurologist's insightful and compassionate look into the misunderstood world of psychosomatic disorders, told through individual case histories It's happened to all of us: our cheeks flush red when we say the wrong thing, or our hearts skip a beat when a certain someone walks by. But few of us realize how much more dramatic and extreme our bodies' reactions to emotions can be. Many people who see their doctor have medically unexplained symptoms, and in the vast majority of these cases, a psychosomatic cause is suspected. And yet, the diagnosis of a psychosomatic disorder can make a patient feel dismissed as a hypochondriac, a faker, or just plain crazy. In IS IT ALL IN YOUR HEAD? neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan, MD, takes us on a journey through the world of psychosomatic illness, where we meet patients such as Rachel, a promising young dancer now housebound by chronic fatigue syndrome, and Mary, whose memory loss may be her mind's way of protecting her from remembering her husband's abuse. O'Sullivan reveals the hidden stresses behind their mysterious symptoms, approaching a sensitive topic with patience and understanding. She addresses the taboos surrounding psychosomatic disorders, teaching us that "it's all in your head" doesn't mean that something isn't real, as the body is often the stand-in for the mind when the latter doesn't possess the tools to put words to its sorrow. She encourages us to look with compassion at the ways in which our brains act out, and to question our failure to credit the intimate connection between mind and body.
Author: Suzanne O'Sullivan
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Release Date: 2017-01-17
Genre: Health & Fitness
"A neurologist delves into the often misunderstood world of psychosomatic disorders, sharing individual case histories of patients who have medically unexplained symptoms, and encourages people to look with compassion at the ways in which our brains act out and to question our failure to credit the intimate connection between mind and body,"--NoveList.
Author: Suzanne O'Sullivan
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Release Date: 2018-09-11
Winner of the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize, a neurologist's insightful and compassionate look into the misunderstood world of psychosomatic disorders, told through individual case histories. It's happened to all of us: our cheeks flush red when we say the wrong thing, or our hearts skip a beat when a certain someone walks by. But few of us realize how much more dramatic and extreme our bodies' reactions to emotions can be. Many people who see their doctor have medically unexplained symptoms, and in the vast majority of these cases, a psychosomatic cause is suspected. And yet, the diagnosis of a psychosomatic disorder can make a patient feel dismissed as a hypochondriac, a faker, or just plain crazy. In Is It All in Your Head? neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan takes us on a journey through the world of psychosomatic illness, to reveal the hidden stresses behind mysterious symptoms. With patience and understanding, she addresses the taboos surrounding psychosomatic disorders, teaching us that "it's all in your head" doesn't mean that something isn't real, as the body is often the stand-in for the mind when the latter doesn't possess the tools to put words to its sorrow. She encourages us to look with compassion at the ways in which our brains act out, and to question our failure to credit the intimate connection between mind and body.
IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD is the true story of whatmakes up your mind. It's the interactive, easy-to-read, stupendously sourced,user's guide to your brain. This immersive book tackles the questions that keepyou up at night: Is your smartphone wrecking your memory? Are believers' andatheists' brains different? Who's smarter: your baby or your dog? Hwo is yuorbiarn albe to raed tihs crzay quseotin? Neil deGrasse Tyson calls the humanbrain the most complicated object we know, and there's way too much information,mystery, and discovery to cover in just a book. That's why It's All In YourHead is the centerpiece of a fun, illuminating franchise spanning acrossdigital, experiential, broadcast and more-all devoted to the awesomeness of yourbrain. KEITH BLANCHARD is the authorof two novels and has contributed in various capacities to a wide range ofpublishing and production enterprises, from The Week to Cosmopolitan,Rolling Stone to The Drew Carey Show, The Wall Street Journalto Yourtango.com. Most recently the chief digital officer of the WorldScience Festival, Keith was the longtime editor-in-chief and creative directorof Maxim. WICKED COW STUDIOSis a new content studio that starts first with book publishing while securingdynamic, world-class partnerships around its book content simultaneously. WickedCow is also Derek Jeter's co-founder and co-publisher in Jeter Publishing, theircontent studio that includes a joint venture partnership with publishing giantSimon & Schuster. Previously Wicked Cow managed beloved pop culture brandsincluding Wiffle�, The Roberto Clemente Estate, Big League Chew,and the Notorious B.I.G. Estate.
Author: Hal A. Huggins
Release Date: 1993-07-01
Genre: Health & Fitness
Mercury is one of the world’s most poisonous substances, and yet dentists routinely use it in amalgams to fill our teeth. Forty years ago, Dr. Hal Huggins questioned this practice, and now legions of dentists, researchers, and citizens are adding their voices of concern. It’s All in Your Head looks at past research on mercury toxicity and dental amalgams as well as current scientific findings that can no longer be ignored. It describes the possible effects of mercury toxicity, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Hodgkin’s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and virtually all autoimmune disorders. Written in easy-to-understand language, It’s All in Your Head explodes the claim that mercury amalgams are safe. If you think your worries are all in your head, you may be right.
Author: Patricia Farrell, PhD
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Release Date: 2010-11-15
Genre: Health & Fitness
One of the greatest challenges people face when dealing with an unpredictable disease such as Multiple Sclerosis is learning to overcome the psychological burden of not knowing what each day will bring. MS is a true roller coaster of emotions and dealing with these feelings is a critical issue for people living with the disease. According to WebMD, symptoms of depression severe enough to warrant medical intervention affect up to half of all people living with MS. It's Not All in Your Head is a cognitive-behavioral approach to overcoming the depression, anxiety,and stress that goes hand-in-hand with MS. Dr. Farrell helps individuals and their families develop a better understanding of the effects that MS has on mood levels and anxiety and offers a plan of simple remediation in a self-help format. It's Not All in Your Head shows that: MS patients' depression and anxiety can be related to their medical condition Exercise can promote growth in brain connections and help alleviate depression Pain severity in MS can be lessenedthrough stemming anxiety Social involvement is key to maintaining mental and physical health
Chris Milliken offers his readers a casual, fun introduction to appreciating wine. For Chriswho has traveled the globe and enjoyed good food and wine with clients, friends, and familywine is something to be shared, to facilitate friendship and community. The first part of this book offers a brief history of wine and introduces the reader to types of grapes and the wines they produce, wine regions, and the winemaking process from vine to glass. And Chris doesnt mind if you skip this background information and head directly to the practical application of this knowledge found in Part Two. Readers are encouraged to develop their own wine palate by discovering new wines to try and enjoy. There are lots of information here about where to find good wine at any price point and how to pair wine with food from Chriss viewpoint as a chef, sommelier, and winemaker. Part III discusses the accouterments of wine consumption and storage and offers advice on creating a wine survival kit. Finally, Chris teaches readers how to evaluate wine like a pro and order wine in a restaurant without anxiety. Writing in a conversational, accessible style, Chris Milliken is the perfect companion on a delightful journey into the world of wine.
Author: Gordon J. G. Asmundson
Publisher: Guilford Press
Release Date: 2005-05-05
Where do you go for help when no one believes you're really sick? The doctors can’t explain your symptoms, but you know there’s something wrong because you can sense it in your body. Living with the specter of an unresolved health issue isn't just painful, it's isolating. The preoccupation and stress it causes can disrupt your career or interfere with personal relationships. If you continually experience symptoms of illness, or worry a lot about disease, you may be suffering from health anxiety--a condition that can produce physical effects of its own, including muscle tension, nausea, and a quickened heart rate. In this compassionate and empowering book, noted psychologists Gordon J. G. Asmundson and Steven Taylor provide simple and accurate self-tests designed to help you understand health anxiety and the role it might be playing in how you feel. Concrete examples and helpful exercises show you how to change thought and behavior patterns that contribute to the aches, pains, and anxiety you're experiencing. The authors also explain how to involve friends and family--and when to seek professional help--as you learn to stay well without worry. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
Author: Mara Buchbinder
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2015-06-05
Genre: Social Science
Although pain is a universal human experience, many view the pain of others as private, resistant to language, and, therefore, essentially unknowable. And, yet, despite the obvious limits to comprehending another’s internal state, language is all that we have to translate pain from the solitary and unknowable to a phenomenon richly described in literature, medicine, and everyday life. Without denying the private dimensions of pain, All in Your Head offers an entirely fresh perspective that considers how pain may be configured, managed, explained, and even experienced in deeply relational ways. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a pediatric pain clinic in California, Mara Buchbinder explores how clinicians, adolescent patients, and their families make sense of puzzling symptoms and work to alleviate pain. Through careful attention to the language of pain—including narratives, conversations, models, and metaphors—and detailed analysis of how young pain sufferers make meaning through interactions with others, her book reveals that however private pain may be, making sense of it is profoundly social.
Maria McCutchen did not have time to be sick. With a husband who had just lost a job, two young sons, and a cross-country move on the horizon, who had time to be sick? Maria didn't have time for a common cold, let alone a major medical condition. But one day while shopping in the grocery store where she had shopped hundreds of times before, she couldn't find the milk. It was then she knew what she was feeling was more than just stress or exhaustion. There was something very wrong. After consulting a few doctors, Maria discovered she had a rare brain cyst known as a posterior fossa arachnoid cyst-a very large brain cyst. Hearing these cysts were normally asymptomatic was of little comfort, especially because she felt her mind and body slipping away more and more every day. Normal mental and physical functions were becoming harder to control. Even if the doctors didn't believe the cyst was a problem, she knew it was. It would take months of living inside a shell of a person that she'd become, months of living in a mental fogginess and sometimes even physical pain, before she would finally get the medical attention she needed. It's All in Your Head chronicles her harrowing medical odyssey and her attempts to regain some sort of semblance of her old life after treatment.
Author: Juno Dawson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2018-05-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
From the critically acclaimed author of THIS BOOK IS GAY, James Dawson, now writing as Juno Dawson From the critically acclaimed author of THIS BOOK IS GAY, James Dawson, now writing as Juno Dawson. We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people's mental health - whether fleeting or long-term - and how to manage them. With real-life stories from young people around the world and witty illustrations from Gemma Correll.
Author: Susan Laura Barrett
Publisher: Free Spirit Pub
Release Date: 1992-10-01
Presents a variety of enrichment activities, discussion questions, and resources to help teach students about their brains, the physiology and evolution of the brain, definitions and measuring of intelligence, problem solving, and other related topics.
Author: Rae Earl
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2017-08-10
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
What I hope you take away from this book: good Mexican food deserves to go viral; good underwear never features the word 'string'; good mental health is the single most important thing you need to live a happy life. I don't have a psychology degree - in fact, I once tried to throw a typewriter at a child psychiatrist (this was in the days before MacBook pros) - but I do have experience, understanding and coping mechanisms to help you get your sh*t together. From anxiety and eating disorders to OCD and psychosis, I want to help break down taboos surrounding mental health conditions (which directly affect 1 in 4 of us each year - you are NOT alone) and help you come out the other side happier and healthier. I'd also like to gift you with a deeper understanding of what's going on in your head, and how to navigate through life without feeling overwhelmed or isolated. Where my lack of medical background becomes an issue, Dr Radha swoops in to the rescue. As a GP, mental-health expert and co-host of BBC Radio 1's The Surgery, I've worked with her to make sure all the information and advice is spot-on. She's clever, she's kind and she GETS it. I wish my teenage brain had had access to Dr Radha. After My Mad Fat Diary published, and the TV show followed, lots of people from my past got in touch to say they'd thought I'd been a largely splendid teenager. And, to most people, I probably was. Because I was very adept at hiding my OCD, my anxiety, my depression, my eating disorders, behind a smile and a big sack of silly. And that is why I've written this book. Because I hate to think of any teen going through what I did, and feeling like they can't talk about it, or need to hide it. This is a book to break down taboos, to start conversations, to help you talk about things that seem impossible. It's a book for fans of Gemma Cairney and Open, Ruby Wax and Frazzled, Matt Haig and Reasons to Stay Alive, Bryony Gordon and Mad Girl. And most importantly, it's a book to make you feel like you're not alone. You're really, really not. @RaeEarl
Author: Reid Wilson
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Release Date: 2016-05-03
Of course, worry can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying can cause us to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety—which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement. In his fifth published book, Dr. Reid Wilson proposes a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress and discomfort. Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers will learn how to confront anxiety head-on and step forward into the face of threat. Drawing on a range of sources—from firefighters and fitness instructors to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali—Stopping the Noise in Your Head demonstrates the importance of shifting our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives.