SHOCKED: A Doctor’s Nightmare of Mental Illness
Sex, psychopaths and electroconvulsive shock: Dani is an attractive, successful Family Physician with a question. Then, the blackest of her depressions brought her to Adrienne. Lust showed Dani a sliver of light. Love drew them toward a new life, and further from Dani’s distraught partner.
Dani and Ade met in 2004 amid the maelstrom of mental illness in a psychiatric hospital. Dani came from another time, another psychiatric hospital in the 1960’s, where she was born into a bedevilled marriage. Her father was a psychiatrist with the deepest secret. He was wrenched from her, leaving an irrevocable void. Forty years later Dani faced his horror alone……..until there was Ade.
The psychological torture endured by Dani’s father changed everything for both of them. ‘SHOCKED’ explores the trajectory of their lives and their courage in the face of terrifying, incomparable mental illnesses. In fact her father was surrounded by the interminably mentally ill in the Whitby Insane Asylum where he worked. There the psychopaths lay in wait for anyone showing the slightest weakness, and every night was a melee. Many years later her father’s tenacity would inspire Dani to fight on.
‘SHOCKED’ is written by a physician and based on an incredible true story of a father and daughter with tragic mental illnesses. Dani’s experience leads her to an unexpected awakening. Pass through the looking glass into the suicidal thoughts and insights of a physician. ‘SHOCKED’ reveals Dani’s unthinkable struggles, and the lives lived and lost in yesterday’s insane asylums and today’s psychiatric hospitals, where desperate souls discover mortal fears and the healing power of lust. As Dani becomes entangled by the darkness ever more drastic therapies loom.
Dani’s father-figure, her grandfather, must also engage with the threat of death. The fractured family drama of his final days occurs as Dani, too, edges away from the living. With a mystifying death, drug dealers, a heated love story, unlikely heroes, tales of madness across the centuries and the nadir of psychiatry, ‘SHOCKED’ reveals the untreatable madness of Dani and her father and others with mental illness before the advent of modern psychiatry.
Determined to survive, Dani is pushed from electroconvulsive therapy towards suicide and the thin line between treatment and a radical and fraught, 21st century experimental neurosurgical procedure shadowing the times of lobotomies. Ultimately, as Ade attempts to intervene, the devastation of the illness compels Dani to decide whether to live or die.