The Locked Ward by Dennis O'Donnell
The Memoir of a Psychiatric Orderly

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

The Locked Ward is crammed full of vivid anecdotes and careful observations that run from terrifying to laugh-out-loud to exquisitely painful.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.
 

About Dennis O'Donnell

See more books from this 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.
 
Published January 5, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Locked Ward
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by John Burnside on Jan 19 2012

The Locked Ward is crammed full of vivid anecdotes and careful observations that run from terrifying to laugh-out-loud to exquisitely painful.

Read Full Review of The Locked Ward: The Memoir o... | See more reviews from Guardian

Reader Rating for The Locked Ward
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 6 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×