What is the BizOMadness Blog?

This blog is devoted to raising critical awareness of psychiatry generally. It is likewise devoted to the antipsychiatry research projects, publications, and related activities of Dr. Bonnie Burstow. Especially foregrounded are The Psychiatry Project, The Madness Project, and "Psychiatry and the Business of Madness". Related to one another, The Psychiatry Project and The Madness Project involve hundreds of interviews, a dozen focus groups, analysis of several hundred documents and their activation, and dedicated periods of institutional observation. The culmination of both as well as of decades of related interviews and activities is "Psychiatry and the Business of Madness" (timely updates on its publication will be provided)--a cutting edge book in which psychiatry is investigated from multiple angles and which begins to tackle the inevitable question: So if we get rid of psychiatry, where do we go from there?

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Timeline for Upcoming Events Surrounding Bonnie Burstow’s Grounding-breaking New Book: Psychiatry and the Business of Madness

First week of April: Psychiatry and the Business of Madness is released by Palgrave Macmillan.

April/May: The book is highlighted by publisher re “Mental Health Awareness” Week.

June 12th, 7:00 p.m.: The kickoff book launch, The London England Book Launch (Place: Palgrave Macmillan, the Stables Building, 2 Trematron Walk, London, England. Speakers: author Dr. Bonnie Burstow, critical practitioner Dr. Ian Parker, survivor/activist Cheryl Prax, and researcher Julie Wood. If intending to come, rsvp lauren8spring@gmail.com)

June 17th, 4:00-5:00 eastern time: guest on The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour (to listen to show live, go to http://www.prn.fm By the following day the show will be permanently available at this link). 

June 27th, 8 p.m.-10:00 p.m. eastern time: guest on Talk with Tenney: Pre-Launch of Bonnie Burstow’s Psychiatry and the Business of Madness. Blog radio (for information, see http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkwithtenney/2015/06/28/talk-with-tenney-pre-launch-burstows-psychiatry-and-the-business-of-madness

June 29th,  7:00 p.m.: The North American Debut: The New York Book Launch (Place, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., New York, NY. Speakers: author Dr. Bonnie Burstow, radical psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, feminist psychologist Dr. Paula J. Caplan, and survivor/activist/scholar Dr. Lauren Tenney. Survivor speak-out at end facilitated by leading survivor activists Lauren Tenney and Celia Brown).

September 18th, 3:30 p.m.: The Press Conference (Place, 7th floor, room 162, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, M5S 1V6. Speakers: author Dr. Bonnie Burstow, MPP Cheri DiNovo, lawyer Anita Szigeti, and survivor/activist/MSW student Rebecca Ballen).

September 18th, 5:30 p.m.: The Canadian Debut, the book launch to end all launches, the huge Toronto Book Launch. Place: The Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, M5S 1V6. Speakers: author Dr. Bonnie Burstow, award-winning journalist Robert Whitaker, scholar Dr. David Cohen, MPP Cheri DiNovo, and lawyer Anita Szigeti).

About the book: Psychiatry and the Business of Madness deconstructs psychiatric discourse and practice, exposes the self-interest at the core of the psychiatric/psychopharmacological enterprise, and demonstrates that psychiatry is epistemologically and ethically irredeemable. Burstow's medical and historical research and in-depth interviews demonstrate that the paradigm is untenable, that psychiatry is pseudo-medicine, that the "treatments" do not "correct" disorders but cause them. Burstow fundamentally challenges our right to incarcerate or otherwise subdue those we find distressing. She invites the reader to rethink how society addresses these problems, and gives concrete suggestions for societal transformation, with "services" grounded in the community. A compelling piece of scholarship, impeccable in its logic, unwavering in its moral commitment, and revolutionary in its implications.
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