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21st Jan '17 5:46:18 PM kome360
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Isiah Friedlander, full stop. Since his clients are wealthy career criminals with a buttload of issues and willing to spend millions to get a shrink who won't rat on their past crimes, he intentionally keeps his clients at a medium-stress state to prevent them from solving their own issues so they'll keep coming back. [[IdiotBall Unfortunately for him, he accidentally blabs about his new public TV show to a former bank robber / mass-murderer]]. It's up to you to decide if you want to murder him for the blab.
20th Jan '17 2:24:00 AM kome360
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* ''WebVideo/TheThinning'': The fact that the '''United Nations''' (which is supposed to prevent war, pollution, and ''genocide'') willfully declared that every nation suffering from overpopulation needs to cull their population in a manner of their own choosing (which is basically globally-institutionalized genocide) is the worst offender. The plot itself involves the schools screwing their children over as said 'Thinning' is supposed to murder all the stupid children, but just selectively chooses the ones that threaten the elite - potential resistance members, intelligent-but-poor visionaries, autistics, etc. This means that the surviving students are either the decadent 'aristocracy' (who realize their children are guaranteed to survive this process) or a bunch of gullible memory-hogs who know everything except that their government is a dictatorship, so they keep sending their kids over to be screened for purity and patriotism. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[PragmaticVillainy the corporation puppeteering the schools doesn't kill kids]], [[{{Irony}} but now they have mass-enslaved the 'stupid' students to build their technology]]]].

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* ''WebVideo/TheThinning'': The fact that the '''United Nations''' (which is supposed to prevent war, pollution, and ''genocide'') willfully declared that every nation suffering from overpopulation needs to cull their population in a manner of their own choosing (which is basically globally-institutionalized genocide) is the worst offender. The plot itself involves the schools screwing their children over as said 'Thinning' is supposed to murder all the stupid children, but just selectively chooses the ones that threaten the elite - potential resistance members, intelligent-but-poor visionaries, autistics, etc. This means that the surviving students are either the decadent 'aristocracy' (who realize their children are guaranteed to survive this process) or a bunch of gullible memory-hogs who know everything except that their government is a dictatorship, so they keep sending their kids over to be screened for purity and patriotism. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[PragmaticVillainy the corporation puppeteering the schools doesn't kill kids]], [[{{Irony}} but now they have mass-enslaved the 'stupid' students to build their technology]]]].technology]]. Oh, and said technology is used by the schools to continue testing kids, who are then psychologically profiled and 'thinned' thanks to the input from the enslaved workers, and so on]].
20th Jan '17 2:20:52 AM kome360
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* ''WebVideo/TheThinning'': The fact that the '''United Nations''' (which is supposed to prevent war, pollution, and ''genocide'') willfully declared that every nation suffering from overpopulation needs to cull their population in a manner of their own choosing (which is basically globally-institutionalized genocide) is the worst offender. The plot itself involves the schools screwing their children over as said 'Thinning' is supposed to murder all the stupid children, but just selectively chooses the ones that threaten the elite - potential resistance members, intelligent-but-poor visionaries, autistics, etc. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[PragmaticVillainy the corporation puppeteering the schools doesn't kill kids]], [[{{Irony}} but now they have mass-enslaved the 'stupid' students to build their technology]]]].

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* ''WebVideo/TheThinning'': The fact that the '''United Nations''' (which is supposed to prevent war, pollution, and ''genocide'') willfully declared that every nation suffering from overpopulation needs to cull their population in a manner of their own choosing (which is basically globally-institutionalized genocide) is the worst offender. The plot itself involves the schools screwing their children over as said 'Thinning' is supposed to murder all the stupid children, but just selectively chooses the ones that threaten the elite - potential resistance members, intelligent-but-poor visionaries, autistics, etc. This means that the surviving students are either the decadent 'aristocracy' (who realize their children are guaranteed to survive this process) or a bunch of gullible memory-hogs who know everything except that their government is a dictatorship, so they keep sending their kids over to be screened for purity and patriotism. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[PragmaticVillainy the corporation puppeteering the schools doesn't kill kids]], [[{{Irony}} but now they have mass-enslaved the 'stupid' students to build their technology]]]].
20th Jan '17 2:17:42 AM kome360
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* ''WebVideo/TheThinning'': The fact that the [b]United Nations[/b] (which is supposed to prevent war) willfully declared that every nation suffering from overpopulation needs to cull their population in a manner of their own choosing (which is basically globally-institutionalized genocide) is the worst offender. The plot itself involves the schools screwing their children over as said 'Thinning' is supposed to murder all the stupid children, but just selectively chooses the ones that threaten the elite - potential resistance members, intelligent-but-poor visionaries, autistics, etc. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[PragmaticVillainy the corporation puppeteering the schools doesn't kill kids]], [[{{Irony}} but now they have mass-enslaved the 'stupid' students to build their technology]]]].

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* ''WebVideo/TheThinning'': The fact that the [b]United Nations[/b] '''United Nations''' (which is supposed to prevent war) war, pollution, and ''genocide'') willfully declared that every nation suffering from overpopulation needs to cull their population in a manner of their own choosing (which is basically globally-institutionalized genocide) is the worst offender. The plot itself involves the schools screwing their children over as said 'Thinning' is supposed to murder all the stupid children, but just selectively chooses the ones that threaten the elite - potential resistance members, intelligent-but-poor visionaries, autistics, etc. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[PragmaticVillainy the corporation puppeteering the schools doesn't kill kids]], [[{{Irony}} but now they have mass-enslaved the 'stupid' students to build their technology]]]].
20th Jan '17 2:16:42 AM kome360
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* ''WebVideo/TheThinning'': The fact that the [b]United Nations[/b] (which is supposed to prevent war) willfully declared that every nation suffering from overpopulation needs to cull their population in a manner of their own choosing (which is basically globally-institutionalized genocide) is the worst offender. The plot itself involves the schools screwing their children over as said 'Thinning' is supposed to murder all the stupid children, but just selectively chooses the ones that threaten the elite - potential resistance members, intelligent-but-poor visionaries, autistics, etc. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[PragmaticVillainy the corporation puppeteering the schools doesn't kill kids]], [[{{Irony}} but now they have mass-enslaved the 'stupid' students to build their technology]]]].
30th Jul '16 9:32:59 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Dr. Steinman in ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' uses ADAM, a highly-addictive genetic modifier, to perform his plastic surgery. Combined with his MadArtist tendencies (he's a plastic surgeon who worships Picasso), his patients tend to need ''more'' plastic surgery to undo the first round. And he's the only one in Rapture.

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* Dr. Steinman in ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' uses ADAM, a highly-addictive genetic modifier, to perform his plastic surgery. Combined with his MadArtist tendencies (he's ([[OhCrap he's a plastic surgeon who worships Picasso), Picasso]]), his patients tend to need ''more'' plastic surgery to undo the first round. And he's the only one in Rapture.Rapture.
** In fact, the Splicers you fight in general fall under this trope; "splicer syndrome" is a result of overusing ADAM, which is especially easy to do if one installs the various "SuperPowers formulas". The initial splicers were people who went mad from their ADAM use, terrorizing the populace as a whole by becoming deformed and deranged bandits. So, more people began splicing up to gain the powers to protect themselves from the initial splicers... only to turn into more splicers. And on it went, with the Plasmid companies still insisting on selling Plasmids & Tonics as "the only protection against splicers!" until ''the whole city'' was either dead or spliced up into insanity.
* Elanor Lamb, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'', is a classic "evil therapist" depiction of this trope, taking in the already unstable and miserable splicers and preying on their weaknesses to brainwash them into her [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill psychotic Collectivism cult]].
25th Jan '16 8:41:51 PM DoctorCooper
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No real life examples, please. However, media examples of how different real life therapies have been portrayed are, of course, welcome.

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No real life examples, please. However, media examples of how different real life therapies have been portrayed are, of course, welcome.
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11th Dec '15 10:59:57 PM CassandraLeo
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* In Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'', [[spoiler:New-Path is manufacturing Substance D in order to get people hooked on it, which then gives them a convenient source of patients and slave labour.]]
8th Dec '15 8:52:42 PM Duffan
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* She wasn't an official therapist, but the unsub in the ''CriminalMinds'' episode "Today I Do" wanted to be. She liked the importance of helping women through their problems, but when they became capable of managing without her, she lashed out. It started with trying to show how desperately they needed her. When that didn't work, she resorted to kidnapping and eventually murder.
21st Nov '15 2:11:01 PM StFan
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* Averted in ''DykesToWatchOutFor'': As Mo turns into a therapy junkie as a way of avoiding dealing with her life, her therapist actually throws her out.

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* PlayedForLaughs in [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2010-06-18/ this]] ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip.
* Averted in ''DykesToWatchOutFor'': ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'': As Mo turns into a therapy junkie as a way of avoiding dealing with her life, her therapist actually throws her out.

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* ZigZagged in ''Film/FightClub''. The main character and his love interest join group therapy for conditions they don't have, such as cancer, in order to feel a sense of connection and community. The question of whether the therapy helps people who actually need it is not addressed.

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* * ZigZagged in ''Film/FightClub''. The main character and his love interest join group therapy for conditions they don't have, such as cancer, in order to feel a sense of connection and community. The question of whether the therapy helps people who actually need it is not addressed.

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* PlayedForLaughs in [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2010-06-18/ this]] ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip.

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* ''ZinniaJones'': The episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScW-djjpzGY I am not a symptom]].

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* ''ZinniaJones'': ''WebVideo/ZinniaJones'': The episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScW-djjpzGY I am not a symptom]].

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