I received a copy of this book for review, read on to see my experience.
This book was a delightful read! I was not expecting the author to correlate chronic illness with famous authors pre-21st Century, but that’s what he did, and it worked. He also interviewed people from different countries that live with chronic illness, and in some cases have even separated themselves from society in order to better manage their condition. I have a rare congenital disorder and was eager to read this book because I have been there with doctors, and I know how it feels to be treated like a hypochondriac when you are truly suffering. Whatever your experience with illness, I recommend that you read this book. It is both entertaining and informative, and it left me feeling a lot less lonely than I did before.
About the Book
All In Your Head is about what happens when your doctor doesn’t believe that you’re ill. When they think you are imagining a serious ailment, or worse, faking it.
It’s the story of the stigma that goes with invisible illness, and of the strange places that chronic illness takes you. It’s the tale of bizarre treatments, and above all, the damage that’s created through other peoples’ doubts and indifference.
Yet, there is an epidemic of undiagnosed, hard-to-explain, and misunderstood illnesses in today’s world, with new illnesses such as long-COVID steadily emerging. It is often up to individuals to drive their own search for recognition and a diagnosis, a task that can prove challenging due to establishment scepticism and disinterest.
With honesty, and at times, dark humour, All In Your Head – from multiple award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick – explores how four simple words can make you question your sense of reality.
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