The Locked Ward

The Locked Ward: A humane and revealing account of life on the frontlines of mental health care.

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/01/2013
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The Locked Ward
Brutal Honesty
Told with compassion, understanding and even humour, this is a very honest book that gives you a small insight into the world of the locked ward. As someon... READ MORE
Kari Fry at Hitchin


An extraordinary account of life behind the locked doors of a secure psychiatric ward from a nurse who worked there for seven years.

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, here he examines major mental health conditions, methods of treatment - medication, 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.

'This is a superb study of people whose minds have gone wrong, and the art of caring for them' Evening Standard

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099554356
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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The Locked Ward
Brilliant book. Absolutely loved it.
Nicola Jzck
The Locked Ward
a revealing account of mental illness
a well written and fascinating glimpse at mental illness one can only feel sorry for the victims the nurse who wrote it is a person who just tells you how ... READ MORE
william macvean