All posts by Patricia Robinett

Dr Bonnie Burstow lecture on ECT

Our April 25 show is a replay of Bonnie Burstow’s ECT lecture that has been rebroadcast on 55 different radio stations… this makes 56. We hope you will enjoy this excellent address. And we thank Bonnie for her wonderful work and for chatting with us April 11 on the air.

Dr. Bonnie Burstow has been in the forefront of efforts to support, advocate for and empower women who occupy the margins of Toronto’s society – psychiatric survivors, homeless women, imprisoned women, drug-addicted and refugee women. For 25 years she has devoted her life to this task as an outstanding scholar, teacher, community activist, innovative therapist and therapeutic consultant.

She successfully challenged the abuses of electroshock, including the disproportionate and sexist targeting of women. She has authored a number of books including, Radical Feminist Therapy: Working in the Context of Violence and Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada. She produced the video When Women End Up in Those Horrible Places and a television series for Maclean Hunter Cable in Toronto.

Dr. Burstow has been honoured with such awards as the Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women, the Canada Council Explorations Grant, Brandeis Award and the Russell Gold Medal in Philosophy, as well as community awards including Rebel of the Year from the Elizabeth Fry Society. Dr. Burstow is a senior lecturer in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) and Associate Director of the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE.

Recommended reading

We highly recommend reading the work of Dr William A McConochie, PhD, author and owner of the Political Psychology Research web site.

Bill freely shares what he has discovered about the psychological components of the tendency to gravitate toward violence-proneness and warmongering-endorsement.

Based on his findings, Bill has devised a way to construct a political system that is immune to corruption and abuse. His website (link above) contains numerous articles of interest about his research and vision for the future — truly fair and ethical political representation.

The truth about psychiatric labels

Ever wondered what those psychiatric diagnoses really mean?

No one should oppress another with a label, a diagnosis. Everyone goes through difficult times and needs time and space and loving support to reclaim their peace of mind and balance. There are many things that work well to bring people back to normal. It is well established now that there is no validity to the claim of a physical, chemical imbalance that determines psychological problems. There is no need for anyone to brand themselves as forever insane. We all go through cycles. Healing is inevitable when there is a willingness to release the painful past.