The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron audiobook

The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

By Tanya Byron
Read by Imogen Church

HarperCollins Publishers
9.42 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781443442114

In my session with Imogen, the words were still not coming. I had to move past my own frustration and relax. But it is very hard to relax when you are looking into the eyes of a mute little girl who wants to be dead. You don't want to relax; you want to pull her into your arms, hold her and then shake her until she tells you why. You long to say, "Why do you want to die? You're twelve years old." Gripping, unforgettable and deeply affecting, The Skeleton Cupboard recounts the patient stories that most influenced Dr. Tanya Byron, covering years of training that forced her to confront the harsh realities of the lives of her patients and the demons of her own family history. Among others, we meet Ray, a violent sociopath desperate to be treated with tenderness and compassion; Mollie, a talented teenager intent on starving herself; and Imogen, a twelve-year-old so haunted by a secret that she's intent on killing herself. Byron brings the reader along as she uncovers the reasons each of these individuals behave as they do, resulting in a thrilling, compulsively readable medical mystery that sheds light on mental illness and what its treatment tells us about ourselves.

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In my session with Imogen, the words were still not coming. I had to move past my own frustration and relax. But it is very hard to relax when you are looking into the eyes of a mute little girl who wants to be dead. You don't want to relax; you want to pull her into your arms, hold her and then shake her until she tells you why. You long to say, "Why do you want to die? You're twelve years old."

Gripping, unforgettable and deeply affecting, The Skeleton Cupboard recounts the patient stories that most influenced Dr. Tanya Byron, covering years of training that forced her to confront the harsh realities of the lives of her patients and the demons of her own family history. Among others, we meet Ray, a violent sociopath desperate to be treated with tenderness and compassion; Mollie, a talented teenager intent on starving herself; and Imogen, a twelve-year-old so haunted by a secret that she's intent on killing herself.

Byron brings the reader along as she uncovers the reasons each of these individuals behave as they do, resulting in a thrilling, compulsively readable medical mystery that sheds light on mental illness and what its treatment tells us about ourselves.

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Author Bio: Tanya Byron

Author Bio: Tanya Byron

Professor Tanya Byron is a clinical psychologist, specializing in working with children and adolescents, with twenty years’ experience. She is also a journalist, author and broadcaster. Her TV presenting and on-screen expert credits include the BBC series Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways and Bedtime Live for Channel 4. She writes a weekly column for the Times and a monthly column for Good Housekeeping and is a BBC Radio 4 presenter, contributing to a range of programes. Collaborating with Jennfier Saunders she cowrote the popular BBC comedy series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. Tanya advises on international policy relating to children, young people, mental health and education, and is currently working in China to develop services for children, young people and their families. She is President of the teenage mental health charity Mindfull, a patron of Relate, and an ambassador of the National Family and Parenting Institute.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English