Sectioned : A Life Interrupted, Paperback Book


'I'd been in Claybury for four months before I was given ECT.

I was sixteen. The day I went down for it I was wearing a striped hospital dressing gown and yellow pyjamas.

I'd been given the Last Rites.'John O'Donoghue was first admitted to Claybury asylum with manic depression aged sixteen, just after his mother had been institutionalised.

He spent over a decade in asylums, halfway houses, therapeutic communities, dosshouses, squats, and on the streets.

Sectioned is an honest and moving account of his experiences.

It is also ultimately the story of his survival against the odds, and of his coming of age in a Britain that was changing forever.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, Ill.
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Educational: Physics
  • ISBN: 9780719520549

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