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  • What We Fear Most

  • By: Dr Ben Cave
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Meet Dr Ben Cave. For over 30 years, he has worked in prisons and secure hospitals diagnosing and treating some of the most troubled men and women in society. A lifetime of care takes us from delusional disorders to schizophrenia, steroid abuse to drug dependency, personality disorders to paedophilia, and depression so severe a mother can kill her own baby.

These are the human stories behind the headlines. The tragic and often frightening tales of the conversations that happen behind closed doors. The reality of a life spent working with patients with severe mental health disorders.

Drawing on his years of training and extensive experience in this highly emotive environment, Dr Ben Cave takes us on a journey of reflection. It's about his patients, but it's also about him. It's about what they have taught each other and how it has changed them. It's about the psychological battle scars he has carried with him after a career on the frontline of our health service. It's about the brilliant mental-health nurses for whom physical injury and verbal abuse are a daily hazard. It's about the extremes of mental illness. It's about all of us, and what we fear most.

Thoughtful, revealing, often haunting and always enlightening, if you liked Unnatural Causes, Do No Harm and This Is Going to Hurt, this audiobook is for you.

©2022 Ben Cave (P)2022 Seven Dials

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"Poignant, funny, engrossing." (Jo Brand)

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Captivating, honest and humourous!

This book was recommended to me and I must say it didn't disappoint. The journey it takes you on will have you crying, laughing, sometimes angry or disgusted, however, never wanting it to stop. Dr Ben Cave is Insightful and humble and humanises mental health issues, in a way that is long overdue. The narrator brings the words in such a way, that I forgot the narrator was not author. Everyone should read this book!

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  • 20-08-22

Fascinating insight into forensic psychiatry

Mental illness is talked about so much these days, but so often in terms of Goop-like “mental well-being”, which disregards the often bleak reality of severe mental illness. This book tells it like it is. No holds barred. It is honest, brutal at times, but also warm and kind. The author is a psychiatrist who tries hard to do the best by his patients, and often does. Many can be helped but some cannot be saved. We obliquely get the sense that It takes its toll on his personal life and we understand something of what drove him towards psychiatry. It is well-written and really well read by David Rintoul. A must read for anyone who wants to truly understand about mental illness.

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An accessible introduction for those outside and in the field

A very accessible reflection on mental illness and personal awareness made through engaging and challenging cases.

Worth reading for those interested in the human condition, seeking to understand the other and learn about mental illness.

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Man crush

I was always in awe of “Ben” after his exposé of a London Cat A prison. As a more junior trainee reading in his footsteps he was an impossible act to follow. I too was a friend of Dacha, her funeral was the most powerful tragic experience that 3 generations of psychiatrists have born witness. Perfectly captured. Brilliantly told storey of a rich vein of life experience in all its shades.

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Fascinating

I found this book Absolutely fascinating. Makes you think and see things from another prospective. Great narration too.