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14th Jul '16 8:25:20 PM DrOO7
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* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'': You would think that everything the twins and various other characters have gone though (trials for manslaughter, abductions, attempts on their lives, being stalked by identical impersonators) would qualify them for months and months of therapy. Nope, doesn't happen.
** Big brother Steve also clearly needs one. Anyone so hung up on the memories of a long dead girlfriend that he can't bring himself to enter a new relationship is need of help.
** This is played with Jessica's friend Lila. Following her near date rape, she goes to therapy at Project Youth (at first just going to get her dad to stop worrying about her), but becomes attached to the therapist there and accuses ''him'' of assaulting her when the fight breaks out at the Jungle Prom.
** Played straight in The Sweet Life as Jessica and Todd (and Lila and Ken) are having marital problems but they don't see a therapist.
** For that matter, neither do the Wakefield parents during their marital problems.
** Other characters too-—Emily Mayer's family could certainly have used some counseling, Bruce could have, etc.




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* Played every which way on ''Series/{{ER}}'':
** Averted in some instances--Susan Lewis sees a therapist after losing custody of her niece to the sister who abandoned her, Doug Ross sees one (offscreen) after one of his one night stands ODs and dies in the ER, Carol Hathaway refers to seeing one after her suicide attempt (and was probably required to as a condition of returning to work).
** Subverted in one episode in which Luka Kovac appears to be talking to a therapist before it's revealed that she's a prostitute
** But otherwise played straight with other characters and patients--Hathaway tries to get boyfriend Shep to see a psychiatrist to deal with his PTSD, but he outright refuses to go, or even admit he has a problem. Hathaway, as a result, breaks up with him. And numerous other characters never mentions seeing one despite the considerable upheaval in their lives and how badly they're dealing with it.
** Often, the ER doctors will try to get patients who obviously need psychiatric help admitted to the psychiatric department (or psych, as they call it) only for these patients to be turned away for various reasons. These patients inevitably either come back, having harmed themselves or others, or turn up dead. Most notably, in the episode Be Still My Heart, Lucy and Carter call for a psych consult on a schizophrenic patient but are kept waiting long enough for the patient to have a psychotic break and stab both Lucy and Carter, ultimately killing the former and permanently damaging the latter both physically and psychologically--and while he sees one while in rehab, there's never any mention of him continuing to do so.
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28th Jun '16 10:00:40 PM Gamermaster
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* Averted in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' when Blumiere is forced to get some therapy after his [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario second]] SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum. [[http://l-empire.smackjeeves.com/comics/1743376/slip-and-fight-pt-12/ Hypnotherapy, to be precise]].
24th May '16 5:54:40 PM Jake
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* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Averting this trope is the ''very first thing'' Misato sets out to do after [[PeggySue returning to the past]], ready to browbeat Commander Ikari into agreeing to it if necessary. [[spoiler:He agrees without putting up even token resistance, much to her surprise, because what Shinji thinks of as [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong "Operation Not Fuck Everything Up This Time"]] ultimately benefits him as well.]]
14th Apr '16 4:26:45 PM Yuihime
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* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'': talk radio couple's counselor Dr. Lovetalk typically gives advice that is well-meant and intelligent, but completely inapplicable to the situations of her callers.
11th Apr '16 1:56:26 PM towercurator
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* Averted and played straight at the same time in ''Literature/VoidDomain''. No therapists have shown up thus far, but one professor of the local WizardingSchool has offered to act as one or to find one for Eva. Presumably other characters as well.
8th Apr '16 1:57:31 PM GlassRain
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* Averted in ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'', where a registration pamphlet explains that registered [[MagicalGirl magical girls]] all get their own therapist/counsellor.
21st Mar '16 3:19:56 PM psionycx
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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', galactic medical science is pretty advanced — when it comes to purely physical ailments. But the vast majority of the plot is driven by characters with glaring psychological problems who seem to have no formal support mechanisms whatsoever. The closest that the old Jedi Order had was Yoda, who generally seems to have counseled troubled Jedi to become TheSpock and not allow their emotions to get to them. TheDarkSide thrives thanks to this.
2nd Mar '16 6:56:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in the ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}''. There ''is'' a therapist but he just makes things worse. Mason and Margot Verger are referred to Hannibal Lecter after Mason molests Margot. Lecter mutilates and cripples Mason and encourages Margot to kill him.
2nd Mar '16 6:56:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in the ''[[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal]]''. There ''is'' a therapist but he just makes things worse. Mason and Margot Verger are referred to Hannibal Lecter after Mason molests Margot. Lecter mutilates and cripples Mason and encourages Margot to kill him.

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* Subverted in the ''[[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal]]''.''Literature/{{Hannibal}}''. There ''is'' a therapist but he just makes things worse. Mason and Margot Verger are referred to Hannibal Lecter after Mason molests Margot. Lecter mutilates and cripples Mason and encourages Margot to kill him.
26th Feb '16 1:08:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': JustifiedTrope in the case of Merlin. This is maybe a thousand years before therapy was even invented. In fact, Merlin himself may have had to invent therapy out of necessity to deal with everything he goes through. He's basically taken on the role of therapist to all of his friends (FridgeBrilliance as to why he [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis grows more manipulative and darker over the series]]; he shoulders A LOT of baggage).

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': JustifiedTrope in the case of Merlin. This is maybe a thousand years before therapy was even invented. In fact, Merlin himself may have had to invent therapy out of necessity to deal with everything he goes through. He's basically taken on the role of therapist to all of his friends (FridgeBrilliance as to why he [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis grows more manipulative and darker over the series]]; he shoulders A LOT of baggage).
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