The locked Ward


‘The locked Ward’ by Dennis O’Donnell

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 treatmentmedication, 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.

See my article ‘Can you Hear Me Now’ for more information.

Highly recommended read click the link below.

The locked Ward


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