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Imagine feeling cold hard steel against your spine as a young psychopath presses a drill into it. Imagine the despair of an elderly person suffering from dementia. Imagine witnessing a bloody attempted suicide. Imagine the fierce protection you feel towards those in your care. Imagine not being able to tell a soul. Imagine setting it free.... It's the 1980s. Young and idea Imagine feeling cold hard steel against your spine as a young psychopath presses a drill into it. Imagine the despair of an elderly person suffering from dementia. Imagine witnessing a bloody attempted suicide. Imagine the fierce protection you feel towards those in your care. Imagine not being able to tell a soul. Imagine setting it free.... It's the 1980s. Young and idealistic, nineteen year old Kat Anderson becomes a psychiatric nurse at a Victorian hospital set in isolated, rural surroundings. This is her story.


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Imagine feeling cold hard steel against your spine as a young psychopath presses a drill into it. Imagine the despair of an elderly person suffering from dementia. Imagine witnessing a bloody attempted suicide. Imagine the fierce protection you feel towards those in your care. Imagine not being able to tell a soul. Imagine setting it free.... It's the 1980s. Young and idea Imagine feeling cold hard steel against your spine as a young psychopath presses a drill into it. Imagine the despair of an elderly person suffering from dementia. Imagine witnessing a bloody attempted suicide. Imagine the fierce protection you feel towards those in your care. Imagine not being able to tell a soul. Imagine setting it free.... It's the 1980s. Young and idealistic, nineteen year old Kat Anderson becomes a psychiatric nurse at a Victorian hospital set in isolated, rural surroundings. This is her story.

15 review for Labelled: Inside the Stigmatised World of Mental Illness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Helga

    Alex Frederickson: Labelled - Inside the Stigmatized World of Mental Illness I have just read a book. I started to read the moment I got home, I read in the evening, at night. I read in the early morning, and all day when that was possible. I had become a book junkie. A book, full of wit and sorrow, experience, intuition and, most important, filled with love. A book about the human condition at the borderline and beyond. A book written with an open mind, a warm heart, expertise and literary sense, Alex Frederickson: Labelled - Inside the Stigmatized World of Mental Illness I have just read a book. I started to read the moment I got home, I read in the evening, at night. I read in the early morning, and all day when that was possible. I had become a book junkie. A book, full of wit and sorrow, experience, intuition and, most important, filled with love. A book about the human condition at the borderline and beyond. A book written with an open mind, a warm heart, expertise and literary sense, charming, ponderous and weightless simultaneously. A book to blow away arrogant pride and prejudice, fear of contact not only where mental illness is concerned, but every departure from a so-called and perceived normality. A woman, Kate Ander(!)son, describes and reflects upon her experiences during her six years. of training and working as a nurse in a mental establishment, starting at the age of eighteen. It is both autobiographical and fiction We are told that she was one of those children, „who brought wounded animals and stray dogs home, befriended those who had no friends and favoured the underdog“. Her father expected her to study law, but even he „might concede that mental nursing might be tailor-made“ for his daughter. Kate dives deeply into the unique world of hospitals, focusing especially on what I think is the most distressing world of psychiatry, a strange planet of which I only had a glimpse when visiting my old father. Her patients suffer from schizophrenia, manic depression, heavy depression, early and late dementia, psychosis, severe personality disorders, sociopaths and even extremely aggressive psychopaths . And from day one it is clear to her: they are not mad, these people are ill, with emotions and dignity. She is extraordinarily talented and immediately recognizes the essential things, she is full of inventive spirit and love and care for „her guys“. It is about in-patients with their mental problems. About relationships inside the hospital, between patients, between staff members, between patients and staff. And about relationships outside, relationships with relatives, partners, friends. About occasional virulent mental disorders among the staff, such as bullying, the sadism of one boss, social incompetence, bulimia. In fact, I read that 80 % of the staff, doctors, therapists, nurses (means both male and female) have experience of mental disease themselves, but that fact should not be interpreted in a negative way: if properly controlled, this experience could be beneficial when attempting to understand and feel the effects of mental disorders or disease. And it is about three patients: Ian, Geoff, Rose. After six years Kate quits her beloved job in her beloved hospital, having learned a very important lesson for her further life. And I have a dream: that a lot of people will read this book and be inspired by its spirit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Amazing! I'll qualify that now. The story of 'Kat', a young girl, university material, who against her family's advice enters the world of psychiatric nursing, from day 1 of her training to the day, 6 years later when she feels compelled to leave due to institutionalised bullying. It gives a fly on the wall account of what life is like in a psychiatric hospital, both for staff and patients. If that sounds pretty dark reading - don't be put off. In the famous words of a now defunct tabloid "All Hu Amazing! I'll qualify that now. The story of 'Kat', a young girl, university material, who against her family's advice enters the world of psychiatric nursing, from day 1 of her training to the day, 6 years later when she feels compelled to leave due to institutionalised bullying. It gives a fly on the wall account of what life is like in a psychiatric hospital, both for staff and patients. If that sounds pretty dark reading - don't be put off. In the famous words of a now defunct tabloid "All Human Life is There". It is funny, it is sad, it is oh SO educational. Even if you thought you knew a little about mental illness, you will have many "OMG" moments with the realisation of what angels those nurses really are. The love and care shown to their patients is nothing short of jaw dropping. You will cry for some of the patients, realising that they too, had lives before the psychiatric ward. Good productive, loving lives that somewhere took a wrong turn into mental illness. You will realise how stressful psychiatric nursing is............you can't go home and tell your family about your day "at the office". We learn what a strain this puts on outside relationships. Who do you talk to? Why, your fellow nurses of course, and the book gives us an insight into those relationships too. The book quite rightly gives a warning that some of the events may be a "trigger" for those who have suffered mental illness themselves, but don't let that put you off. This book shows how glaringly, even in the 21st Century, mental illness continues to have a massive social stigma, both for patients and their families alike. They continue to be "Labelled"............and this book should be the beginning of the end to the labels. I heartily commend you to read it. It may change your life, or of someone you know.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Roo

    What a powerful book. This book had me reading late into the night. It is a very factual novel, full of detail, about a young psychiatric student nurse and how her experiences in an isolated psychiatric hospital, along with its accompanying incidents, affects her life and her relationships. If you are unfamiliar with the mental health system, or indeed, familiar with it, this book is an eye opener. Giving insights to how it affects her personal relationships and her relationships with patients an What a powerful book. This book had me reading late into the night. It is a very factual novel, full of detail, about a young psychiatric student nurse and how her experiences in an isolated psychiatric hospital, along with its accompanying incidents, affects her life and her relationships. If you are unfamiliar with the mental health system, or indeed, familiar with it, this book is an eye opener. Giving insights to how it affects her personal relationships and her relationships with patients and staff I feel this book is a definite must read

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather Monaghan

    I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Once I'd read the first couple of chapters I was hooked and finished it pretty much in one sitting. It is not my normal subject matter and not one I am familiar with, but I found it very compelling. Labelled is funny, touching and in parts heart breaking. The Author demonstrates a wonderful ability to write about mental health in a simple way which has lead me to better understand some of the conditions in this novel. Highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Once I'd read the first couple of chapters I was hooked and finished it pretty much in one sitting. It is not my normal subject matter and not one I am familiar with, but I found it very compelling. Labelled is funny, touching and in parts heart breaking. The Author demonstrates a wonderful ability to write about mental health in a simple way which has lead me to better understand some of the conditions in this novel. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan Cook

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krista Kelly

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Mendonza

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  9. 5 out of 5

    Révész Ági

  10. 4 out of 5

    Acad A

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey qn

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen Shimwell

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lore

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eugene Wang

  15. 5 out of 5

    Moon Witch Wiccan

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