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.
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.
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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099554356

ISBN - 13:9780099554356