• The Locked Ward

  • Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly
  • By: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-05-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Dennis O'Donnell (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
3 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 01-20-12

Narration unbearable

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No; the man has no sense of prose

Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis O'Donnell’s performances?

Under no circumstances.

Was The Locked Ward worth the listening time?

Vary hard to stay with it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Collins on 04-07-15

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The author/narrator has a lovely Scottish accent. Dennis O'Donnell is compassionate and does a great job educating others who are not familiar with mental illness.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. R. Nixon on 01-24-18

Insightful, Poignant, Thought Provoking and Funny

Where does The Locked Ward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Amongst the top I have heard

What did you like best about this story?

The way Dennis brings you on to the ward and defines the varying personalities he has come across.

What does Dennis O'Donnell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The Glaswegian accent and Colloquialisms used in the anecdotes

Any additional comments?

This book is the very first I have felt worthy of a review in all my years with Audible.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 09-24-15

Fascinating, first hand account

Beautifully narrated and addictive. Great for anyone wanting to work in this area. The difficulties and day to day challenges exposed give the reader an honest perspective of a world that society would rather not see

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