FINDING RESILIENCE AND HOPE IN THE FACE OF DESPAIR
While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the 1960s, Dorothy Dundas was labeled a “schizophrenic” and forced to undergo 40 combined insulin coma-electroshock “treatments.” Dorothy says, “I experienced and witnessed many atrocities. I believe that luck, determination, my own anger and one compassionate advocate were my best friends on the road to my ultimate survival and freedom.” Through a number of op-ed pieces in The Boston Globe, Miami Herald and The Detroit Free Press, she has voiced her opposition to abusive psychiatric practices. Her poster, “Behind Locked Doors,” which she created from her hospital records, is used in training programs. Dorothy lives in the Boston area where she has raised her four wonderful children. She founded and is the sole driver in her “safe, friendly and reliable” car service, The Crystal Lake Express.
Interview with Dorothy Dundas: