Mental health fascinates me and despite not being a stranger to mental health issues myself I m always n the hunt for new reading material This particular book had been n
MY LIST FOR A GOOD WHILE list for a good while 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 n ward 25 the locked ward for 75 years I have worked with individuals suffering with mental illness and I "know from experience that it is an extremely challenging profess This book "from experience that it is an extremely challenging profess This book a lot f 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 pts to have his dialogue in the dialect the Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession old literary no noSecondly the humor isn t always what was promised Manyf the jokes are actually Dadish punchlines unrelated to the Ward The Paper Wife or its patientsconsumersPEOPLEFinally the narrative doesn t lend itself to page turningr enjoyment the 30 chapters are essentially short stories devoted to the people O Donnell worked with sometimes a fellow staff member r a brief segue into a related topic such as medication The book concludes with however true rant about funding and lack f staffing and the incident that compelled O Donnell to uitThis review probably seems We, the People: Of Earth Elders overly negative given the four star rated The book isverall 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 Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition out workf non fiction Really well written memoir recounting the experiences f 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 ne gets the feeling this is ne f the most honest reflections you could get The Windy Season of working in this professionThere s a littlen the clinical side f mental illness for the uninformed reader but important I think is the real insight into what living with a serious mental illness actually feels like for the individualIn addition to being a very competent writer I believe
THE AUTHOR MUST HAVE ALSO BEEN author must have also been great nurse I got this because I thought it would be the British euivalent f Behind the Gates A Month of Sundays 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 setf Everybody Loves Raymond and at that point I pressed the EJECT button I hate Everybody Loves RaymondThis is what I mean During the course Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel of this ten bob hour some patients paid as little attention to me as if I d been a snatchf music Beneath the Jolly Roger or a smellf BistoAnd then the door Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise opened and my arse fellff and rattled n the floor like a hubcapIn the middle f his towering rage the big fella had thought better Pig of giving Humphrey a tanking and had lamped 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 like the Green KnightAnd another thing is that because the author doesn t want to betray any patient confidentiality all these patients are. Dennis O'Donnell started work as anrderly in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of a large hospital in Scotland in 2000 In his daily life he encountered fear violence and despair but also a considerable amountf care and compassion Recounting the stories f the pa. Ut you are most definitely not laughing at *or conspiring against the patients You may also shed a tear in sadness r anger but the author *conspiring against the patients You may also shed a tear in sadness Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, or anger but the author attempt to explain why the patients are how they are and intersperses the anecdotes with explanationsf 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 sound like a textbook educated Educated in the sense that it helped me They Also Serve overcome mywn ignorance and in some cases prejudices about mental illnessAlthough I am sure this book will be pigeon holed in the health andor biography sections Conversations From The Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop: 8 Keys To Rediscovering Lost Dreams And Finding Your Life's Calling of bookshops and it is much than that I am eagerly anticipating a follow up by Dennis O Donnell and surely a memoirf his teaching career is the No Time for Sergeants obvious follow up The Locked Ward details the experiencef 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 ALSOthe fear violence but also and compassion which ccur in psychiatric hospitals At the same time O Donnell educates the reader about mental disorders symptoms treatment and care f these patients An educational book but also ne filled with compassionate stories f patients O Donnell has encountered The stories within this book are written in rder 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 "it I would recommend this book to anyone Stories from movies and TV shows portray psychiatric hospitals those filled with violence and evil However O Donnell s real 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 really educate upon the different mentalities that the mentally disabled have Through reading this book mind sets upon the usual stereotype f psychiatric hospitals are bound to change along with a new found education upon mental disorders Rant about losing books reviews and the culpability Large Catechism of Martin Luther of Librarians At least in my eyes I read this book rated it a 3 and reviewed it It s ank book but you could see why the author was an Junior Jolt 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 p Absolutely awful Pompous git with awfully written dialogue almost had me in a locked ward DNF And a painfulneAhhhhhh I am so disappointed I decided to pause maybe permanently stop reading this book at 55% after uite a lot Ceux de la posie vcue of perseverancen my partI am fascinated by mental health and especially the history f its treatment in the UK from the asylum 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 f ne hospital The author made a point n several Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty occasions to ground the reader and encourage them not to be blinded by ill informed traditional stereotypesf psychiatric patients He reminds us to his credit that psychiatric illnesses and those who suffer from them are not a laughing matter and should be treated with respect and compassionbefore presenting them in a light hearted tireless: or thinly veiled mocking ligh 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 somef the humorous bits to be Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 off putting as well as the Scottish dialect which can be difficult to discer. Influencen mental health·the prevailing attitudes to psychiatric illness the authorities the professionals society What emerges is a document Toque de Veludo of humanity and humour a remarkable memoir that sheds lightn a world that still remains largely unknown and hugely feare.
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Composites and yet we have pages f dialogue with them It s an uneasy stew with dubious ingredients and a jolly gurning sniggering chef stirring awayBut ne thing did strike me as worth mentioning the "curious psychological condition f Erotomania which pops up The Four Racketeers on p154 I uote fromne f Dennis s "psychological condition f Erotomania which pops up Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters on p154 I uote fromne Smithereens of Dennis s jovial infodumps Called unreuited love for centuries andften confused
WITH NYMPHOMANIA OR SATYRIASIS THIS ISnymphomania The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness or satyriasis this is condition whereby the sufferer believes that another person is in love with them But not someone who actually is in love with them rather a total stranger Sometimes a celebrity the sufferer has developed a fixationn It is a psychotic symptom since it is completely delusional The sufferer remains convinced that the Dark Diversions objectf his r her affections returns the feeling and communicates the regard in covert ways such as secret signals meaningful glances and ther forms Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of coded behavior These might be increasingly baroue and detached from reality such as the clothes her she wears Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds on a particular day The sufferer however demonstrates hisr her love by vert meansWhat a wonderful way f 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 t love you for sure but no no no says the believer look we can read these covert signs which nly us believers can spot see this statue f Mary actually wept Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance on a certain day in 1953 see this lady went to Lourdes and her migraines ceased And anyway who needs such signs we know inur hearts he loves us Dennis gives us the case history f Cordelia a delightful young woman who spoke with the clipped vowels f the city s educated middle class She has conceived this almighty passion for her local doctor an Love! Valour! Compassion! older married man She invents a thousand fake illnesses so she can make appointments with him Once when he asked her to remove her blouse he twigged something was wrong and made an excuse and left and came back with a nurse to find she was completely naked Another time she made up a story about being the daughterf Scream onef his colleagues and visited his house and met his wife At that point the cops and the psychiatrists were involved In conversation she said well the doctor would certainly have made love 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 loves youLittle things that Kumiko and the Dragon only a lover would pick upn When the lounge light is Probabilities on the Heisenberg Group: Limit Theorems and Brownian Motion on it means she s at home and he has to go through the motionsf being a husband and a father But when the top window is The Purpose of Creation 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 awarenessr interest in psychiatric care r 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 less so The author provides insightful accounts f patients and their treatments as well as detailing some f their relationships with the nursing staff making you realise that the kind f care that the author and his colleagues provide is very special indeedThe book does take you through the emotions You laugh very hard in places Tients he worked with and those f his colleagues n the ward he examines ·the different major mental disorders their symptoms and manifestations·the various methods f treatment medication therapy and conversation ·how religion sex wealth health and drugs can bear.