The Locked Ward: The Memoir of a Psychiatric Orderly MOBI

The Locked Ward: The Memoir of a Psychiatric Orderly InDennis O Donnell was approached to work as an orderly in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit of a large hospital in central Scotland I don t know if I m the man you want, he told the charge nurse I m not a fighter I don t need fighters, the nurse replied I need people who can listen The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward the fear, the violence, and despair, and also the care and the compassion Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with and those of the friends he made on the ward, O Donnell provides a detailed account of day to day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatized environment in healthcare In doing so, he examines the major mental disorders, their symptoms, and manifestations, and how certain triggers such as religion, sex, wealth, health, and drugs bear influence the methods of treatment, by medication, therapy, and conversation the love and support of patients friends and family members success stories and failures, and attitudes to psychiatric illness, both by the authorities, by those around him and his own Over seven years O Donnell witnessed the day to day lives of people suffering from the most hairraising illnesses What emerges is a document of humanity and humor, a remarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still remains largely unknown


10 thoughts on “The Locked Ward: The Memoir of a Psychiatric Orderly

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    Rant about losing books, reviews and the culpability of Librarians At least in my eyes I read this book, rated it a 3 and reviewed it It s an ok book, but you could see why the author was an orderly rather than a psychiatrist Now the book is gone from my shelves No point in asking about this in Feedback as the mods always pretend that it s just the first time they ve heard of such a thing and


  2. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    I got this because I thought it would be the British equivalent of Behind the Gates of Gomorrah A Year with the Criminally Insane by Stephen Seager which is a Good Read But it wasn t because Stephen Seager can write plain English and Dennis O Donnell can t If he s not doing his infodumps, Dennis thinks he has to be performing in every sentence, he can t say a single thing without it has to be


  3. ~The Bookish Redhead~ ~The Bookish Redhead~ says:

    Mental health fascinates me, and despite not being a stranger to mental health issues myself, I m always on the hunt for new reading material This particular book had been on my list for a good while, and I admit, I couldn t wait to jump right into this.For the most part, this book was a decent insight into mental illness, which is written by Dennis O Donnell, who was a nurse on ward 25, the lo


  4. Patrick B Patrick B says:

    Absolutely awful Pompous git with awfully written dialogue almost had me in a locked ward


  5. Darren Graham Darren Graham says:

    A friend recommended this book to me I was sceptical at first, as I previously had no particular awareness or interest in psychiatric care or mental health issues and thought that it would be a book for those in the profession.I quickly found that inside knowledge was not necessary and that it was actually a compassionate but very humorous read about folk those who care and those who are cared fo


  6. Thomas Edmund Thomas Edmund says:

    This book had a lot of potential A novel devoted to humanizing psychiatric patients and humor What could go wrong Firstly the Scottish brogue, its especially jarring that O Donnell writes in plain English, but opts to have his dialogue in the dialect the old literary no no Secondly the humor isn t always what was promised Many of the jokes are actually Dadish punchlines unrelated to the Ward or it


  7. Stephen McNulty Stephen McNulty says:

    DNF And a painful one Ahhhhhh I am so disappointed I decided to pause maybe permanently stop reading this book at 55% after quite a lot of perseverance on my part.I am fascinated by mental health, and especially the history of its treatment in the U.K., from the asylum system to today This book presented itself as a sombre and thoughtful exploration into the topic by someone with first hand experie


  8. Yun Kei Yun Kei says:

    The Locked Ward details the experience of a psychiatric helper working in a psychiatric hospital Dennis O Donnell describes his heartfelt experience, with day to day details upon his daily goings He writes upon the fear, violence but also care and compassion which occur in psychiatric hospitals At the same time, O Donnell educates the reader about mental disorders, symptoms, treatment and care of th


  9. Helen Helen says:

    Really well written memoir recounting the experiences of a mental health nurse As you d expect, there s sadness, tragedy and fear, but this is a book suffused with such wonderful wit and humour, one gets the feeling this is one of the most honest reflections you could get of working in this profession.There s a little on the clinical side of mental illness for the uninformed reader, butimportant I th


  10. Angela Stockton Angela Stockton says:

    A decent memoir, sad in parts, funny in parts It is a bit elementary in its discussion regarding mental illness but it is a good, informative book for those not very familiar with psychiatry I found some of the humorous bits to be off putting, as well as the Scottish dialect which can be difficult to discern.


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