It’s a powerful book. Any politics, however, that deal with people who identify as having experienced professional psychiatric interventions of various sorts in positive ways — and I am just starting to wrap my head around such things — must also deal with the vicious oppression catalogued here. I’m not aware of any similar volume having been published in the twenty years since this came out, but I’d be very interested to hear how things have changed over that period. And how they haven’t.
Scott Neigh, Sept 2008
Some dreams that the editors had for Shrink Resistant were not realized. A French edition never came out, New Star decided against a second printing, and no other press picked up the manuscript.
But as Canadian activist and writer Scott Neigh’s 2008 review demonstrates, the collage of voices contained within the book continues to convey a strong political statement about the abuses of psychiatry and its institutions. In their interview Don and Bonnie looked back, locating their pioneering publication on the historical path of the psych-survivor movement in Canada.