The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly (Paperback)
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The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly (Paperback)

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Dennis O'Donnell started work as an orderly in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit of a large hospital in Scotland in 2000. In his daily life he encountered fear, violence and despair but also a considerable amount of care and compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of his colleagues on the ward, he examines: *the different major mental disorders - their symptoms and manifestations *the various methods of treatment - medication, therapy and conversation *how religion, sex, wealth, health and drugs can bear influence on mental health *the prevailing attitudes to psychiatric illness - the authorities, the professionals & society What emerges is a document of humanity and humour, a remarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still remains largely unknown and hugely feared.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099554356
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Crammed full of vivid anecdotes and careful observations that run from terrifying to laugh-out-loud to exquisitely painful...a valuable contribution to the literature of madness" -- John Burnside * Observer *
"Observant, modest, lightly erudite and heavily self-deprecating...an informative read." * Scotland on Sunday *
"I really enjoyed The Locked Ward. He is compassionate without any taint of sentimentality, and the way he uses language is so elastic. It's like he's the most brilliant court-jester in the most colourful of courts. Bravo to him!" -- Gabriel Weston, author of Direct Red
"His tone is just right - perfect for the subject matter. He's like a very good documentary maker; he knows exactly where to point the camera" * Spectator *
"We come away with a better understanding of life on a locked ward, and the book should contribute to a more open discussion of mental illness and suicide" * Irish Times *

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“Can only recommend this!”

When you read a book about mental illness, you tend to either get clinical description, American-style pop science self-help, treading on the eggshells of political correctness, or a self-indulgent misery memoir. This... More

Hardback edition
11th May 2012
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“Brutal Honesty”

Told with compassion, understanding and even humour, this is a very honest book that gives you a small insight into the world of the locked ward. As someone who has been a visitor on a mental health ward I can attest... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
4th March 2015
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“Brill”

Brilliant book. Absolutely loved it.

Paperback edition
18th July 2016
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