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The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly

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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. For seven years, he cared for patients with serious mental disorders. 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. A memoir which will appeal to fans of the bestselling Stuart: A Life Backwards and Gabriel Weston's top-10 bestseller Direct Red.

Synopsis:

Shocking, moving, and controversial, this is an extraordinary account, by an orderly, of life behind the locked doors of a secure psychiatric ward

Dennis O'Donnell started work as an orderly in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit of a large hospital in Scotland in 2000. For seven years, he cared for patients with serious mental disorders. 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 and their symptoms and manifestations; various methods of treatment including medication, therapy, and conversation; how religion, sex, wealth, health, and drugs can bear influence on mental health; and the prevailing attitudes to psychiatric illness—the authorities, the professionals, and society. What emerges is a document of humanity and humor, a remarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still remains largely unknown and hugely feared.

About the Author

DENNIS O'DONNELL was born in Scotland and attended Edinburgh University where he read English. He was an English teacher for many years before leaving to become a psychiatric orderly. He now lives in West Lothian.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780099554356
Author:
O'donnell, Dennis
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
O'Donnell, Dennis
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Shocking, moving, and controversial, this is an extraordinary account, by an orderly, of life behind the locked doors of a secure psychiatric ward

Dennis O'Donnell started work as an orderly in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit of a large hospital in Scotland in 2000. For seven years, he cared for patients with serious mental disorders. 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 and their symptoms and manifestations; various methods of treatment including medication, therapy, and conversation; how religion, sex, wealth, health, and drugs can bear influence on mental health; and the prevailing attitudes to psychiatric illness—the authorities, the professionals, and society. What emerges is a document of humanity and humor, a remarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still remains largely unknown and hugely feared.

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