The Lee Coleman Collection

“I’m pleased that you found your way to my Collection, but far more important than the objects displayed are the feelings that drove me to make or acquire them. For that you must understand my work as a psychiatrist. My refusal to believe that emotional problems could be “diagnosed” and “treated” by drugs; my belief that forced treatment would drive away the very people most in need of help; the heartbreak, injustice and outright fraud that comes with “forensic” psychiatry— the false claim that psychiatry can unlock the true meaning of human behavior and actions – those are the things that lie behind the objects in my Collection.  

Please click on the video before you, as I introduce  “Psychiatry and Society,” a series of Youtube posts aimed primarily at the general public.  I hope with these videos to add my weight to a growing movement that helps the general public understand the harms being perpetrated by our current “mental health system,” in collaboration with Government and Big Pharma.  I also want to help you understand how our society’s readiness to turn to Psychiatry in the courts brings injustice and pseudoscience.

Then, I hope you keep coming back to the Collection and enjoy the objects displayed.  I truly believe, and hope you will consider the possibility, that both the objects themselves and the stories connected with them, contain a message that will inspire you to pursue your interests with passion and confidence.  

You may have arrived here just looking for fun, but I want you as a student. We have a lot of work to do.

“The relationship between Lee’s collection and his practice as a psychiatrist is undeniable. By the early seventies, Lee’s professional life was divided between a small practice of psychotherapy, done in his home, and a variety of activities – writing, speaking, political advocacy- focused on psychiatry’s role in society.
Not surprisingly, his claim that mental health professionals were too often part of the problem led to counterattacks. Frequently, Lee told me, real dialogue fell by the wayside in favor of personal attacks. The letter below is one that Lee has kept and framed to add to his collection of memorabilia.

Lee told me that it is significant that another practitioner would resort to psychobabble and thereby demonstrate the very points that Lee has made so often in a variety of public forums. “So, I see the letter as emblematic,” Lee recently wrote to me,

‘of the rather lonely position that results from the disdain shown by colleagues and much of the public, depending on what issue is getting attention. I have been fortunate enough to have opportunities to balance my life in this way, and I sincerely hope to encourage others who spend time studying here, and keep coming back for more’

And Dr. White was (must still be, I presume) so blind to her arrogance, and that has been the consistent pattern I have had to confront all these years.’

We hope you will check out the “Psychiatry and Society” section, where you can explore many examples of psychiatry’s questionable activities.” Falcon, Senior Partner, The House of NyghtFalcon

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