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Dennis ODonnell ô 4 charactersIth violence and evil However O Donnell s eal experience and stories shed light upon the true care and compassion they hold instead These stories hold humour and they hold happiness as well as stories which eally
educate upon the different mentalities that the mentally disabled have Through eading this book mind sets uponupon the different mentalities that the mentally disabled have Through eading this book mind sets upon usual stereotype of psychiatric hospitals are bound to change along with a new found education upon mental disorders This book had a lot of potential A novel devoted to humanizing psychiatric patients and humor What could go wrongFirstly the Scottish brogue its especially jarring that O Donnell writes in plain English but opts to have his dialogue in the dialect the old literary no noSecondly the humor isn t always what WAS PROMISED MANY OF THE JOKES promised Many of the jokes actually Dadish punchlines unrelated to the Ward or its patientsconsumersPEOPLEFinally the narrative doesn t lend itself to page turning or enjoyment the 30 chapters are essentially short stories devoted to the people O Donnell worked with sometimes a fellow staff member or a brief segue into a elated 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 stigmatized environment in healthcare In doing so he examines the major mental disorders their symptoms and manifestations and how certain triggers such as eligion sex wealth health and drugs bear influence; the methods of treatment by medicat. A decent memoir sad in parts
FUNNY IN PARTS IT IS Ain parts It is a Elementary In Its elementary in its Slave Again (Whispers of Refuge regarding mental illness but it is a good informative book for those not very familiar with psychiatry I found some of the humorous bits to be off putting as well as the Scottish dialect which can be difficult to discern The Locked Ward details the experience of a psychiatric helper working in a psychiatric hospital Dennis O Donnell describes his heartfelt experience with day to day details upon his daily goings He writes upon the fear violence but also care and compassion which occur in psychiatric hospitals At the same time O Donnell educates theeader about mental disorders symptoms treatment and care of these patients An educational book but also one filled with compassionate stories of patients O Donnell has encountered The stories within this book are written in order to educate eaders about what eally happens within a mental hospital and to Autumn Days with the Moodys (Moody Family rid the stereotypes upon it I wouldecommend this book to anyone Stories from movies and TV shows portray psychiatric hospitals as those filled 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 chargeof a large hospital in central Scotland I don't know if I'm the man you want he told the charge I'm not a fighter I don't need fighters the nurse Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease replied I need people who can listen The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out toeveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward the fear the violence and despair and also the care and. Opic such as medication The
concludes with however ant about funding and lack of staffing and the incident that compelledwith however true ant about funding and lack of staffing and the incident that compelled Donnell to uitThis eview probably seems overly negative give Absolutely awful Pompous git with awfully written dialogue almost had me in a locked ward I got this because I thought it would be the British euivalent of Behind the Gates of Gomorrah A Year with the Criminally Insane by Stephen Seager which is a Good Read But it wasn t because Stephen Seager can write plain English and Dennis O Donnell can t If he s not doing his infodumps Dennis thinks he has to be performing in every sentence he can t say a single thing without it has to be in this blokey slangy self egardingly comical voice which grated so badly I thought I would ather be watching a boxed set of Everybody Loves Raymond and at that point I pressed the EJECT button I hate Everybody Loves RaymondThis is what I mean During the course Everybody Loves RaymondThis is what I mean During the course this ten bob hour some patients paid as little attention to me as if I d been a snatch of music or a smell of BistoAnd then the door opened and my. Ion 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 hairraising illnesses What emerges is a document of humanity and humor a emarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still emains largely unkno.