About the book
Why are conditions like depression and anxiety so common?
Why is our mental health so vulnerable to the stresses and events of modern life?
Why do so many mental health problems have pronounced physical symptoms?
Why, if mental health problems are so commonplace, does anyone need to be made ‘aware’ of them in the first place?
And why is there still so much confusion and stigma about mental health matters?
Drawing from nearly 20 years working in the areas of neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry, international best-selling author Dr Dean Burnett (The Idiot Brain, The Happy Brain) hopes to answer these questions and more in his new audiobook Psycho-Logical (exclusive to Audible).
Combining in-depth research with genuine testimonials from those who deal with their own issues on a daily basis, Psycho-Logical aims to uncover just what we think is going on with our brains when serious mental health problems occur, how and why the available therapies work (when they do), and just how flexible and uncertain much of the scientific understanding of mental health is.
Expertly narrated and written in an engaging and straightforward style, Psycho-Logical is must for anyone who’s ever dealt with mental health issues of their own, knows someone who has or is interested in the ever-more-important subject matter.
Thank you to Anna from Midas PR for my invitation to the audio-book blog tour of this really interesting and comprehensive book and for my copy of the audio-book in return for a fair and honest review.
I am really interested in mental health and mental health disorders and as sufferer of a general anxiety disorder it was refreshing to listen to a book read in a really accessible way.
Dean has a really soothing voice and reminded me of Michael Sheen, the actor, a fellow south Wales dweller. Although some of the chapters go into real detail and complexity.
Dean really explains everything in depth as you would expect from a NeuroScientist but in a way that is relevant to people interested in studying mental health and to people who may just want information relating to their specific condition.
The book really does cover everything about the brain from neurons to anxiety, depression and also interesting soundbites from sufferers of some of the conditions covered and how they manage their conditions.
Chapter 24 focuses on anxiety, which is the second most common mental health condition after depression. I particularly found the pro’s and con’s of anxiety really useful and made me feel a lot more comfortable about my own condition and how the brain’s threat detection system can go on overdrive. I liked the analogue of a smoke alarm going off when there is smoke but how it is not useful if the smoke alarm goes off all time and can be very annoying !
It is funny, detailed and complex and you can dip in and out of this book and I will definitely be referring back to it in the future.
A really comprehensive but accessible audio-book on mental health and mental health issues that really does cover everything but in a unique and manageable format.
About the author
Dean Burnett is a working-class Welsh science writer.
Having grown up in a pub in the former mining village of Pontycmer, in the Garw Valley, South Wales, Dean is now a doctor of neuroscience, an honorary research associate at Cardiff University Psychology School, and a Visiting Fellow at Birmingham City University. He is the author of four books and counting, which have been translated into over 20 languages, as well as countless articles and blog posts across a wide range of media platforms, including the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, LA Times, New York Magazine, and more.
He is much in demand as a speaker, pundit, talking head and all-round contributor for TV and radio whenever a complex brain-related subject requires explaining in the mainstream.
Part of his outlook and relatable style comes from the fact that Dean has also spent close to two decades performing stand-up comedy, having performed on stages as large as the Hammersmith Apollo.
Dean currently lives in Cardiff with his wife and two children, and their cat Pickle who, even by cat standards, is something of a psychopath.