The Locked Ward: Memoirs Of A Psychiatric Orderly by Dennis O'donnellThe Locked Ward: Memoirs Of A Psychiatric Orderly by Dennis O'donnell

The Locked Ward: Memoirs Of A Psychiatric Orderly

byDennis O'donnell

Paperback | February 11, 2013

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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.

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.
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Title:The Locked Ward: Memoirs Of A Psychiatric OrderlyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.81 × 5.12 × 0.87 inPublished:February 11, 2013Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099554356

ISBN - 13:9780099554356

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