For over thirty years, Dr Ben Cave has been working 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. In his first book, What We Fear Most, Ben gives us the human stories behind the headlines, those tragic and often frightening tales of the conversations he has had behind closed doors. Here is the reality of a life 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. Dr Ben Cave is a pen name for an author who continues to practice as a general and forensic psychiatrist. Join him with Humphrey Hawksley in this revealing and exacting Goldster Inside Story Conversation Live from Riverstone, Fulham at 12.00pm, Thursday August 31st 2023.