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->"''His mom is dead, his dad was missing and presumed dead, heís running around with a military organization... itís not exactly conducive to therapy ó and, of course, because itís TV, therapists donít exist.''"
-->-- '''Connor Jessup''', ''on his character Ben Mason from Series/FallingSkies''

In most fiction, there are ''no'' official systems in place to protect those who are psychologically vulnerable. Nobody is ever concerned that the kid who watched their parents die might be considering suicide, [[FreudianExcuse homicide]], or [[Franchise/{{Batman}} fighting crime]] [[Series/{{Dexter}} without due process]]. Fiction is full of [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Lawyers]] but this will be ignored so long as they're not [[AxCrazy crazy with axes]].

This trope isn't saying the solution to every mental problem is to go to a head shrink; merely that there is an extreme amount of GenreBlindness regarding traumatic experiences, probably for the sake of convenience and drama. Remember, FictionIsNotFair in regards to characters.

Can be a JustifiedTrope, as you can hardly ''expect'' a rag-tag band of rebels in an oppressive dystopia to open up to a potential informant and a historical setting may predate therapy altogether. That being said, protesters in the [[RealLife Occupy movement]] have sometimes provided free healthcare systems which can include mental health care. Presumably a therapist [[TheHerosJourney must show some form of solidarity to be trusted]].

May be an EnforcedTrope out of a belief that [[DysfunctionJunction fiction's more interesting that way]], because the writers think poorly of psychiatry- or maybe because the characters belong to a culture which places the responsibility for an individual's mental state on their [[ParentalAbandonment family]] and [[LonersAreFreaks friends]].

SisterTrope of AdultsAreUseless


!! Related Tropes
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: If the character is involved in TheMasquerade and can't confess their trauma over fighting cyborgs or vampires to a therapist without ending up [[BedlamHouse locked up]] and "treated" until they're [[GoAmongMadPeople exponentially more screwed up]].
* DysfunctionJunction: For stories (or works) where a main plot of the story is that those ''entire'' characters being cast are ''crazy''.
* PsychoPsychologist: They're making the situation worse.
* TheShrink: If a character does go to a therapist but the therapist is unskilled, condemnatory, or otherwise problematic, see TheShrink; versions 1 and 2. If this trope is averted when the character goes to a good therapist and gets the help they need, see TheShrink; version 3.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: If the character has been offered therapy, but rejected it.


In the case of children, there may be overlap with SocialServicesDoesNotExist. Can also overlap with TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[http://www.mangareader.net/all-rounder-meguru/47/8 Lampshaded]] in AllRounderMeguru as part of a critique of Japanese beliefs in stoicism over therapy.
* Lampshaded in an episode in the English dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. When Ken (who joined after a HeelRealization, having been the most insane villain they'd faced yet - yes, surpassing the MonsterClown) suggests that Wormmon talk to a therapist about his problems, Wormmon asks why ''he'' didn't talk to someone before [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential becoming the Digimon Emperor]]?
* Unintentionally {{Lampshaded}} in ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' when a character comments "those kids are our last hope, who knows what they're going through?", many HumongousMecha series feature characters who clearly have flagrant psychological issues which are inexplicably overlooked so long as they are good pilots, which naturally never lasts for long.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' v2 #2, where Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} murdered the Kingpin and went insane with guilt. While he's running around, he bumps into [[NinetiesAntiHero the Punisher]]. When he sees just how broken Daredevil's become, Castle actually recommends a psychiatrist and offers to take him there personally.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''; so far, no member of the group past or present has been a therapist. For all we know, there might not be any therapists left.
** Lampshaded by Sergeant Ford in issue 61.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Lampshaded in an author's note for the ''MaiHime'' fanfic, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4004316/1/Windows-of-the-Soul Windows of the Soul]].
-->Sometimes I wonder whether it would be easier if I just had Shizuru see a psycologist. The problem being, how does she say "I have a huge guilt complex over killing scores of people with my summoned demon named after the legendary Kiyohime" without being put in an asylum? Perhaps the First District has specialized psycologists. Oh, wait. She blew them up. That's what she's guilty about.
* ''Escape From The Hokage's Hat'' has a subversion. While Tsunade helps Naruto deal with his issues, she only tries to help when Naruto ''allows'' her to considering how stubborn he is. She does however lament that it would've been nice to have a Yamanaka along to help but since 2 of them where involved in brainwashing Naruto, the clan is on her shitlist at the moment.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* Played with in every way in Bujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. The main character is from Barrayar, a feudal militaristic culture where one is expected to go through hell and get over it without complaints and ''definitely'' [[ThereAReNoTherapists without therapy]], but his mother is from Beta Colony, a high-tech hyper-sophisticated and modern world where all is well-regulated and therapy is the normal response to any trauma or psychological issue. The trope is inverted in the first book for both worlds: Cordelia's awesome Betan therapists refuse to believe she is actually sane and wasn't brainwashed into falling in love with the enemy and she ends up having to run away, while it's revealed that Barrayaran therapy of the kind [[spoiler: Bothari]] went through is possibly [[MindRape worse]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia than]] the original trauma. In later books the trope is played straight (and Lampshaded by Cordelia repeatedly), especially where Barrayar is concerned. But it is thankfully averted for [[spoiler: Mark]] after a book or two, because he [[TykeBomb really]] [[MindRape REALLY]] [[SplitPersonality needs]] it.
* Dr. Lense in the ''StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'' series has a serious case of PTSD from the Dominion War, but specifically chose assignment to the ''[=DaVinci=]'' because the ship's complement is too small to have a counselor aboard. When Captain Gold finds out her performance as CMO is slipping, he tells her she can work out her issues with him as a sounding board or he'll have her downchecked for duty and booted off the ship pending a full psych workup.
* ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'': On Foxen Prime anyways, foxens are supposedly more mentally stable on average than humans so they have very little experience helping those who do develop mental illnesses, House Darktail has to import a psychologist from Earth to help Sallivera with the trauma inflicted by her abusive ex-husband.
* Averted in VampireAcademy. At first, Rose, Eddie, Christian and Mia just resume normal life after [[spoiler: watching Mason die,]] but then Rose is sent to therapy after she starts seeing [[spoiler: Mason's]] ghost. Although she discovers that it's not PTSD, as she was told, but a side affect of being shadow kissed.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Some police procedural and military themed series try to avert this trope with special episodes focused on the main characters being forced to attend mandatory counseling sessions to determine whether they are fit for duty.
* Averted in {{Garo}}'s first season, and justified in the sequel. When Kaoru dreams about her father's picture book at the start of the series, she regularly visits a therapist who helps her to explain this dreams, and helps her with the weird things she suffers since discovering the existence of Horrors. The justified during the second season comes from the fact that [[spoiler: the therapist was actually the big bad of the first season and tried to sacrifice kaoru to bring the end of the world]], which explains why she may not have desire to try therapy any time soon.
* Completely averted by ''Series/{{MASH}}'', in which Sidney Freedman is a recurring Type 3.
* ''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 Fridge Brilliance]] as to why he [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis grows more manipulative and darker over the series]]; he shoulders A LOT of baggage).
* A surprising aversion in ''Series/{{Continuum}}''. Mostly, there's an implied AllTherapistsAreMuggles in play; the protagonist is from the future, so if she tried to talk about her problems, she'd get locked in an asylum. That's exactly what happened to another time traveler (though in fairness, he really was crazy, as evidenced by the fact that he didn't see anything wrong with chatting about being from the future). The aversion comes into play when Kiera strikes an officer in anger, and she finds out that her cybernetic AugmentedReality implant has a therapist AI ''built-in''. He's briefly an inversion of AllTherapistsAreMuggles; he doesn't believe that they're really in the past and assumes she's had a psychotic break, but when he can't contact headquarters, he tables that issue and moves on to her real problems.
* Averted on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Ross sees one when he's struggling with anger issues and both [[{{HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood}} Chandler and Monica]] mention that they've been to therapists and even discuss it in one episode.
--> '''Chandler:''' I hate having to see the shrink. He's always 'oh maybe people will like you better, if you like yourself better'. Who needs that?"\\
'''Monica:''' You do!\\
'''Chandler:''' I know.
* Averted on ''Series/TheXFiles''; therapists of varying kinds are seen. Scully sees a therapist at least twice to discuss her problems. Mulder sees one to be hypnotized into remembering the events of his sister's abductions, and eventually takes Scully there to be hypnotized into remembering one of her own abductions.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Castle}}''. After Beckett is shot in the season 3 finale, she visits a therapist repeatedly over the course of the next season and it actually helps her a lot.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' tried to avoid this somewhat by instituting the position of "Ship's Counselor", but still ran into it on occasion. ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had excuses though: Ezri Dax was still in training when she was assigned as counselor, while Captain Janeway said in an early episode that ''Voyager'' hadn't been expected to need one (being that the mission they were ''supposed'' to have took place well within shouting distance of a major starbase, Deep Space 9).
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'' features the overlap with AdultsAreUseless. Jimmy asks a therapist, vicar, and his mother in the very second song, but it doesn't do any good.
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* This trope is literal in ''{{Furcadia}}'' as psychology has not been invented yet and magic generally only heals the body and not the mind. Several of the gods in this setting are also insane (oh, and like to wander among the mortals...).
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. We learn very early on that its BrokenHero, Gulcasa, has a lot of serious issues due to having been abused and abandoned by his parents, and he's only able to function because his childhood friends (who are also pretty much his adoptive parents) [[LivingEmotionalCrutch are there to act as amateur counselors for him]]. During the canon route of the game, Siskier dies, and [[TraumaCongaLine this is really only just the start]]. Gulcasa blames himself for everything, and winds up with a raging case of PTSD which [[FailureKnight makes him so terrified of failure]] that he stops hesitating altogether and starts acting much more stoically. His remaining childhood friend and mentor mistake his symptoms for Gulcasa losing his humanity, as [[FantasticRacism it was conveniently revealed that he's part demon]]. [[EtTuBrute And they try to kill him]], leaving Gulcasa a complete psychological wreck. The only people who even bother to try to help him have their own agendas, not to mention their own festering cesspools of mental-emotional trauma. In all likelihood, things wouldn't have gone [[KillEmAll quite so badly]] for Gulcasa and company [[YggdraUnion three years later]] if someone had just gotten the poor kid a competent grief counselor.
* Parodied in ''AlphaProtocol'' if Mike is played as a brutal, violent {{Jerkass}} to Madison. She'll ask him if he has ever sought professional help. He replies that he hasn't, because he ''killed'' all his therapists.
* Key to the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Kinder}}''; a running theme is that 'mind illnesses' are not recognized as a real problem in its world, instead attributed to things like "they're just lazy" or "they're just complaining for no reason." Naturally, this causes major problems. Yuuichi eventually states that there's probably worlds out there were 'mind illnesses' actually ''are'' recognized and treated more seriously.
* Interestingly averted in ''VideoGame/TheLastDoor''. There's buckets of crazy MindScrew and just plain terrible things happening to the protagonist, Jeremiah, but he has a therapist who seems very concerned about him. An interesting touch considering the story takes place in the 1890s where therapy wouldn't be as accessible as it is today.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' there are many cases of this, sometimes lampshaded, but the one that stuck out most for me is when Davan never gets help after being raped by a woman he was attracted to. Sadly this is probably TruthInTelevision for many rape victims, especially male ones, and especially when the rapist is a woman.
** That example is possibly justified, given [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02012003.shtml his in comic discussion]] of the subject. Sadly this attitude is also [[TruthInTelevision Truth in WebComics]] too.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}''. The ''I.A. Starbanger'' does have a Therapy-bot, but he's terrible: his therapy consists solely of telling patients that their feelings are irrational. Eventually, Martina realizes that one of her crew desperately needs treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, so she replaces Therapy-bot with a ''qualified'' therapist--the bartender bot.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' comics. Sirkka is the local equivalent of a psychologist and helps abuse victims and people [[MindRape mind raped]] by Mark. Her own love life, on the other hand, is a total mess. Other Freakangels [[DysfunctionJunction are not much better]] with the group consisting of TheOphelia, an IneffectualLoner, a KnightTemplar, a guy [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone driven crazy by his own guilt]], AGodAmI wannabe and a few other dysfunctional personality types. Some hide it better than others. At the end they all get a quick therapy from [[spoiler: Arkady]] of all people and [[spoiler: Luke]] is [[HeelFaceBrainwashing fixed]] on his own request. Even [[spoiler: Mark]] seems to be much more sane. It is implied that their problems [[EpiphanyTherapy didnít magically disappear]], but they will eventually get over their issues with some [[PowerOfLove love]] and hard work. FreakAngels are TrueCompanions after all.
* Zig-zagged in ALoonaticsTale. There ''are'', in fact, therapists, they're even major characters in the comic, but they have a whole host of psychological issues all their own which may or may not prevent them from actually doing their patients any good (at least one is too apathetic to do his job, so he just medicates them into oblivion). On top of that, most of them reckon that, since they're therapists, they're immune to psychological disorders, and wouldn't need help even if they weren't.
* Averted with a vengeance in ''Webcomic/MaterialGirl''. As the story gets darker and the CerebusSyndrome kicks in, Noah's parents go from joking about taking him to a therapist to forcibly strapping him into the car and dragging him to one.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic used to mention going to a therapist a lot, but that stopped, probably because the character was getting more and more damaged and it was funnier that way.
** In fact, a running gag among multiple reviewers is their constant danger of insanity due to the bad things they are "forced" to experience. Plenty of reviews have gags where the reviewer pops "happy pills" like they were candy, chugs from a bottle of booze, or is forcibly restrained by men in white coats. Some have even tried to destroy the world in a bout of rage. [[TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] deserves special mention as a full-on insane convicted serial killer.
* This trope is {{deconstructed}} in ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'', in that the character who desperately needs psychiatric attention is [[StepfordSmiler hiding any indication that something's wrong]]. In other words, the only reason ThereAreNoTherapists is because the patient doesn't want to go to one, which is sadly TruthInTelevision for some victims of depression.
* Defied in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' when Weld specifically requests therapy for the Brockton Bay Wards.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': The Trix are sent to a place where they are supposed to be reformed, but it only manages to tick them off even more.
* Lampshaded in ''AsToldByGinger'' in an episode where Ginger becomes jealous of Darren's new relationship with [[AlphaBitch Miranda]]. Of course she didn't technically '''see''' a psychologist.
--> '''Ginger:''' "It's just that Dr Phonsfeelings said--"
--> '''Darren:''' "Whoa, you went to see a therapist?"
--> '''Ginger:''' "Not exactly. She was on Channel 9"
** Said TV psychologist appears in another episode and causes more problems when Ginger starts freaking out that her mother is still single.
** And inverted in another episode where Ginger is sent to the school psychologist because she writes a poem about a girl who wishes to disappear. Everyone assumes Ginger has suicidal intentions because of this but she's actually fine.
* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Black Canary is a trained therapist, and is shown having sessions with the teens after seriously traumatizing events. When Arsenal begins to suffer from serious issues that have interfered with their missions more than once Nightwing benched him which is pretty much the same as telling him he's off the team until he can deal with his personal demons.
* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Ooo is a [[CloudCuckooLand very strange place]] with a lot of [[CloudCuckooLander even stranger people]], but there actually ''are'' mental health services for those who need them. For a lot of the earlier episodes, however, this trope was played straight, with people such as [[TheMentallyDisturbed Lemongrab]] and [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Ice King]] basically just being dealt with when they caused trouble and ignored when they didn't. Both of them have now been getting a lot more help.
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