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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis O'Donnell Narrator: Dennis O'Donnel Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 2000 Dennis 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 stigmatised 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 hair-raising illnesses. What emerges is a document of humanity and humour, a remarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still remains largely unknown.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kazimiera pendrey | 7/1/2013

    " i did not not really enjoy this book i have worked for many years in the mental health service ad my views of the progression of the mental health service dffered just too much from the author,s to enjoy the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 3/16/2012

    " This really mixes humour with the sadness and fear felt by patients with mental illnesses. I laughed and cried. I don't know a lot about mental illness but learned and understood so much from each "character". I have recommended this book to lots of friends who have also really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abigail | 1/22/2012

    " Funny, endearing, heartbreaking insight into a multitude of mental illnesses and those who suffer from them. "

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