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  1. says:

    Rant about losing books reviews and the culpability of Librarians At least 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 librarians combining and renaming books and authors but I think it is and they know it too There are some really good and conscientious librarians 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 lot 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wrong I know I have a bee in my bonnet about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition where all people have been replaced by robots so that teachers will be able to teach this book without having to deal with the race uestion of why Jim is such a humble slave friend to the two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 want 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 like and whose books they marked as Not A Book 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 a lot of time and effort and therefore money by doing the research for 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 look at the Genet book page Some librarian 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 librarian is to have 50 books on your shelves say you have read the librarians' 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 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 chaff?So 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 be?Rant over Until the next time

  2. says:

    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 little 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 like a hubcapIn the middle of his towering rage the big fella had thought better 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 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 “unreuited love” for centuries and often confused with nymphomania or satyriasis this is a 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 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 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't love you for sure but no no no says the believer 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 this lady went to Lourdes and her migraines ceased And anyway who needs such signs – we know in our hearts he loves 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 local doctor an 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 daughter of one of 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 you?Little things that only a lover would pick up on When the lounge light 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 night?Don’t be so prosaic DennisThis is precisely the conversation between the atheist and the believer

  3. says:

    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 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 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 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 little 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 to narrate in English then a sentence later the Scottish dialect butts in well let's just say it didn't make me happyAlso I realise O'Donnell loves a good joke but most likely 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 the least bit professional I know how much of a demanding and sometimes relentless occupation it is always having to look over your shoulder but please have some respectOverall I found this to be informative and was a eye opener into the world of a locked ward I'd definitely read something similar to this in the future

  4. says:

    Absolutely awful Pompous git with awfully written dialogue almost had me in a locked ward

  5. says:

    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 less so The author provides insightful accounts of patients and their treatments as well as detailing some of their relationships with the nursing staff 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 laugh very hard in places but you are most definitely not 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 sound like 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 is the obvious follow up

  6. says:

    This book had a lot of potential A novel devoted to humanizing psychiatric patients and humor What could go wrong?Firstly 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 are 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 related topic such as medication The book concludes with however true rant about funding and lack 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

  7. says:

    DNF And a painful oneAhhhhhh I am so disappointed I decided to pause maybe permanently stop reading this book at 55% after uite a lot of perseverance on my partI am fascinated by mental health and especially the history of 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 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 laughing matter and should be treated with respect and compassionbefore presenting them in a light hearted or thinly veiled mocking light two minutes later It’s really hard to explain exactly what this is like 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 like 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 lot of swearing yet in most of his prose he used unnecessarily florid and erudite language This contradiction made it very difficult to build up empathy for him or any of the charactersI feel terrible writing a review 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 the looks of it there are a lot of people who loved the book I may try to finish it again later and if my opinion changes I’ll add an update to the review For now though I’m moving onto something else I think

  8. says:

    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 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 of psychiatric hospitals are bound to change along with a new found education upon mental disorders

  9. says:

    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 little on the clinical side of 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 a great nurse

  10. says:

    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

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