Lum system to today This book presented itself as a sombre and thoughtful exploration into the topic by someone with first hand experience working in the intensive psychiatric care unit of one hospital The author made a point on several occasions to ground the reader and encourage them not to be blinded by ill informed traditional stereotypes of psychiatric patients He reminds us to his credit that psychiatric illnesses and those who suffer from them are not a aughing matter and should be treated with respect and compassionbefore presenting them in a ight hearted or thinly veiled mocking HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers light two minutesater It s really hard to explain exactly what this is ike in a review but it just came across to me as very hypocritical and uite frankly uncomfortable I give the book 2 stars simply because of the few moments of compassion and emotional depth that interspersed the attempts at forced humour that made up the other 50% of what I ve read so far Adam Kay this guy is notNot to mention as I have seen in a few other reviews the peppering of a few implicit and at the 55% mark where I stopped much EXplicit homophobic and transphobic views here and there every so often Finally the writing was very inconsistent I am Scottish ike the author and found that his voice jarred in several places He seemed to pretend to be crass and uncouth in his speech with uite a 5g for the Connected World lot of swearing yet in most of his prose he used unnecessarily florid and eruditeanguage This contradiction made it very difficult to build up empathy for him or any of the charactersI feel terrible writing a review Le Jardin Sur La Glace like this in all honesty I usually don t bother and keep my opinions to myself But in this case I was just so disappointed I made an exceptionI m really sorry Dennis if you re reading this This is only my opinion and by theooks of it there are a The Book of Shaine lot of people whooved the book I may try to finish it again Discover Cooking with Lavender later and if my opinion changes Il add an update to the review For now though I m moving onto something else I think A decent memoir sad in parts funny in parts It is a bit elementary in its discussion 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 Mental health fascinates me and despite not being a stranger to mental health issues myself I m always on the hunt for new reading material This particular book had been on my Constipation list for a good while and I admit I couldn t wait to jump right into thisFor the most part this book was a decent insight into mental illness which is written by Dennis O Donnell who was a nurse on ward 25 theocked ward for 75 years I have worked with individuals suffering with mental illness and I know from experience that it is an extremely challenging profession no day is ever the same but one must remember that there are in fact many rewarding aspects of the job tooThe people mentioned in this are patients that O Donnell came into contact with over the years and the chapters read as ittle stories with some information on different mental illnesses throughout I found these parts particularly interestingTo work in mental health I think one has to be of a certain character be able to show empathy for patients and to also be in possession of good humour otherwise there really isn t much point in persuing that kind of careerDespite my enjoyment of this book there are a couple of things that didn t bode well with me The first would be the Scottish dialect I ve no issue with it But When O Donnell Chooses when O Donnell chooses narrate in English then a sentence ater the Scottish dialect butts in well et s just say it didn t make me happyAlso I realise o donnell oves a good joke but most Donnell Lambs To The Slaughter loves a good joke but most of this humor just simply wasn t funny and the majority of this humor was made at the expense of the patients themselves which to me isn t theeast bit professional I know how much of a demanding and sometimes relentless occupation it is always having to Córka Robrojka (Jeżycjada, look over your shoulder but please have some respectOverall I found this to be informative and was a eye opener into the world of aocked ward I d definitely read something similar to this in the future This book had a The Neil Simon Collection 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 olditerary no noSecondly the humor isn t always what was promised Many of the jokes are actually Dadish punchlines unrelated to the Ward or its patientsconsumersPEOPLEFinally the narrative doesn t Slate (Rebel Wayfarers MC, 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 related topic such as medication The book concludes with however true rant about funding andack of staffing and the incident that compelled O Donnell to uitThis review probably seems overly negative given the four star rated The book is overall uite good the people intriguing and the author s genuine empathy and wit refreshing Nonetheless due to the problems mentioned above this piece is mostly recommended for people interested in the area rather than a stand out work of non fiction Really well written memoir recounting the experiences of a mental health nurse As you d expect there s sadness tragedy and fear but this is a book suffused with such wonderful wit and humour one gets the feeling this is one of the most honest reflections you could get of working in this professionThere s a ittle on the clinical side of men. Ion therapy and conversation; the ove 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 Do I Owe You Money? The Collected Memoirs of Ian Mosley lives of people suffering from the most hairraising illnesses What emerges is a document of humanity and humor a remarkable memoir that shedsight on a world that still remains argely unkno. ,
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 regardingly comical voice which grated so badly I thought I would rather 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 of this ten bob hour some patients paid as ittle attention to me as if I d been a snatch of music or a smell of BistoAnd then the door opened and my arse fell off and rattled on the floor ike a hubcapIn the middle of his towering rage the big fella had thought better of giving Humphrey a tanking and had amped the door instead I found that really impressive It was just as well for Dr Humphrey too That punch might well have severed his head from his body He d have had to pick it up and do his entire ward round carrying it under his arm Hunter Moon (Grazi Kelly like the Green KnightAnd another thing is that because the author doesn t want to betray any patient confidentiality all these patients are composites and yet we have pages of dialogue with them It s an uneasy stew with dubious ingredients and a jolly gurning sniggering chef stirring awayBut one thing did strike me as worth mentioning the curious psychological condition of Erotomania which pops up on p154 I uote from one of Dennis s non jovial infodumps Called unreuitedove for centuries and often confused with nymphomania or satyriasis this is a condition whereby the sufferer believes that another person is in The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone (Darcy Rachel, love with them But not someone who actually is inove with them rather a total stranger Sometimes a celebrity the sufferer has developed a fixation on It is a psychotic symptom since it is completely delusional The sufferer remains convinced that the object of his or her affections returns the feeling and communicates the regard in covert ways such as secret signals meaningful glances and other forms of coded behavior These might be increasingly baroue and detached from reality such as the clothes he or she wears on a particular day The sufferer however demonstrates his or her 7 Navykov Vysokoeffektivnykh Lyudej love by overt meansWhat a wonderful way of describing how the atheist perceives religious believers The atheist says well sorry and all that but a God does not exist and b if he does he doesn tove you for sure but no no no says the believer Lichtenstein look we can read these covert signs which only us believers can spot see this statue of Mary actually wept on a certain day in 1953 see thisady went to Lourdes and her migraines ceased And anyway who needs such signs we know in our hearts he oves us Dennis gives us the case history of Cordelia a delightful young woman who spoke with the clipped vowels of the city s educated middle class She has conceived this almighty passion for her ocal doctor an older married man She invents a thousand fake
so she can make appointments with him Once he asked her to remove her blouse he twigged something was wrong and made an excuse and eft and came back with a nurse to find she was completely naked Another time she made up a story about being the daughter of one of his colleagues and visited his house and met his wife AtILLNESSES SO SHE CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH HIM ONCE
that point the cops and the psychiatrists were involved In conversationpoint the cops and the psychiatrists were involved In conversation said well the doctor would certainly have made ove to her if the nurse hadn t have been there And he had to call the police because his wife was there How do you know he Whiff, or How the Beautiful Big Fat Smelly Baby Found a Friend loves youLittle things that only aover would pick up on When the The Greatest You loungeight is on it means she s at home and he has to go through the motions of being a husband and a father But when the top window is open at night with the curtains down that means he wants to see me in the near futureRight it couldn t just be that they want some fresh air in the bedroom at nightDon t be so prosaic DennisThis is precisely the conversation between the atheist and the believer A friend recommended this book to me I was sceptical at first as I previously had no particular awareness or interest in psychiatric care or mental health issues and thought that it would be a book for those in the professionI uickly found that inside knowledge was not necessary and that it was actually a compassionate but very humorous read about folk those who care and those who are cared for some who are mad and some ess so The author provides insightful accounts of patients and their treatments as well as detailing some of their relationships with the nursing well as detailing some of their relationships with the nursing making you realise that the kind of care that the author and his colleagues provide is very special indeedThe book does take you through the emotions You augh very hard in places but you are most definitely not Crumbs laughing at or conspiring against the patients You may also shed a tear in sadness or anger but the author does attempt to explain why the patients are how they are and intersperses the anecdotes with explanations of the different illnesses and psychoses which helps to provide a context to the patients storiesI thoroughly enjoyed this book and without trying to make it soundike a textbook educated Educated in the sense that it helped me overcome my own ignorance and in some cases prejudices about mental illnessAlthough I am sure this book will be pigeon holed in the health andor biography sections of bookshops and it is much than that I am eagerly anticipating a follow up by Dennis O Donnell and surely a memoir of his teaching career. In 2000 Dennis O'Donnell was approached to work as an orderly in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit of a arge 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 isten The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of Spurgeons Expository Encyclopedia life in a psychiatric ward the fear the violence and despair and also the care and. Is the obvious follow up 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 the reader 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 readers about what really happens within a mental hospital and to rid the stereotypes upon it I would recommend this book to anyone Stories from movies and TV shows portray psychiatric hospitals as those filled with violence and evil However O Donnell s real experience and stories shedight upon the true care and compassion they hold instead These stories hold humour and they hold happiness as well as stories which really educate upon the different mentalities that the mentally disabled have Through reading this book mind sets upon the usual stereotype of psychiatric hospitals are bound to change along with a new found education upon mental disorders Rant about Sealed losing books reviews and the culpability of Librarians Ateast in my eyes I read this book rated it a 3 and reviewed it It s an ok book but you could see why the author was an orderly rather than a psychiatrist Now the book is gone from my shelves No point in asking about this in Feedback as the mods always pretend that it s just the first time they ve heard of such a thing and to send all info to Support Who mostly don t reply But on the odd occasion they do they also pretend that this is a one off and send them all info whereupon they can t do anything if they even bother to replyI ve always wondered how books disappear I ve had uite a few go Sometimes I can prove it as I had exported the shelves I am assured by mods that it can t possibly be Sketching From Square One to Trafalgar Square librarians combining and renaming books and authors but I think it is and they know it too There are some really good and conscientiousibrarians on GR I hope I m one of them although I only correct books and authors from my shelves these days but there are an awful ot that just race through corrections and combining in order to get their names on Top Librarians They know they are doing shit too otherwise why would they have private profiles and not allow messages from non friends or reply to ueries in the Librarians Group on their data changes The Librarians group seems dominated by almost a cliue of mean girls who think they are the arbiters of book data What they say goes Even when they are really wrong I know I have a bee in my bonnet about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition where all people have been replaced by robots so that teachers will be able to teach this book without having to deal with the race uestion of why Jim is such a humble slave friend to the two preteen white boys The Librarians say that the book is similar enough to Mark Twain s original to be combined Mark Twain would turn in his grave at having *the whole theme of his book perverted by White teachers who don t *whole theme of his book perverted by White teachers who don t children to know that Blacks were treated as goods and chattels and not people And by combining this book the Librarians collude in this But that isn t the only book that the Librarians in their infinite wisdom have screwed up by no means there are publishers they don t ike and whose books they marked as Not A Book Imepuu like Books LLC who aren t a proper publisher because all they do is reprints what do they think constitutes the vast majority of Penguins catalogue and because they collate Wikipedia and other articles in book form thus saving some of us aot of time and effort
And Therefore Money By Doing The Researchtherefore money by doing the research us Today I discovered that my edition of Genet s The Maids aka Les Bonnes had been replaced by an Arabic one so I went to Owens Walk look at the Genet book page Someibrarian had combined not just all editions of The Maids but included uerelle of Brest as if they were the same book Not only that but the top title had now been altered to uerelle because that s what it s called on Kindle Next thing it will be Pride by Jane Austen and The Merchant by Shakespeare All the ualifications you need to be a Shadow Point (The Gothic War, librarian is to have 50 books on your shelves say you have read theibrarians manual even if you haven t No one can prove anyone has read any book on GR and then you are free to carefully correct or screw around the book data as much as you Taboo Times Ten like I have good Librarian friends in particular Super Librarian Lisa Vegan who has sorted out many problems for me But she can t sort this one out The answer is obviously only to have really conscientous people being Librarians and sorting out the data but how do you sort the wheat from the chaffSo here I find yet another book disappeared and importantly along with it the review and comments I can replace the book I don t need a review to know what I thought of the book but I can never ever replace friends comments that formed a conversation and that makes me exceedingly cross And I do blame the Librarians Because I honestly don t think it s GR staff or removing renaming or otherwise screwing up book titles so who else could it beRant over Until the next time Absolutely awful Pompous git with awfully written dialogue almost had me in aocked ward DNF And a awful Pompous git with awfully written dialogue almost had me in a Death Note One-Shot Special (Death Note, Chapter locked ward DNF And a oneAhhhhhh I am so disappointed I decided to pause maybe permanently stop reading this book at 55% after uite aot of perseverance on my partI am fascinated by mental health and especially the history of its treatment in the UK from the asy. 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 ife 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 religion sex wealth health and drugs bear influence; the methods of treatment by medicat.