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->''"His mom is dead, his dad was missing and presumed dead, he's running around with a military organization...it's not exactly conducive to therapy--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 [[DrivenToSuicide 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 ''all'' the characters in the cast are crazy.
* MedicateTheMedium: If you learn you have PsychicPowers, the ''last'' person you want to talk to is a therapist, as they will lock you up and drug you - either because they don't believe you or they ''do'' and have a standing order to suppress psychic powers.
* PsychoPsychologist: They're making the situation worse.
* TheShrink: Complete with Administrivia/{{Internal Subtrope}}s for situations in which a character does go to a therapist but the therapist is unskilled, condemnatory, or otherwise problematic, and those in which this trope is averted when the character goes to a good therapist and gets the help they need.
* 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]]
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/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]]? It becomes FridgeBrilliance when one takes ValuesDissonance into consideration; traditional Japanese culture tends to not mesh well with therapy.
* Unintentionally {{Lampshaded}} in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' when [[DeadpanSnarker Kaji]] 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.
* Strikingly averted in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', in which Ken Murata was sent to therapy as a child to help him [[spoiler:cope with his PastLifeMemories and assert his own personal identity]]. He comes out of it reasonably well-adjusted, considering, and remains friends with his therapist.
* Averted twice in ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai''.
** Marika is a [[{{Transgender}} trans girl]] in middle school at the cusp of puberty. After her voice starts breaking, with encouragement from friends, she comes out to her mother and asks to visit a therapist. After briefly staying home from school she returns living as a girl.
** After the death of her daughter Ryousuke's mom has been in poor mental health. To help her Ryou began dressing up as his sister. Eventually his girlfriend catches him and gets him to explain why he's crossdressing. When she learns the truth she tells her parents who get Ryousuke's mom care for her problems. Ryou is sent to live with his dad but later he sees his mom in the hospital, who is recovering well.
* In ''Manga/QQSweeper'' this is averted and discussed. Cleaning only takes care of the symptoms, not the problem, and victims who have been infested are given counseling and therapy so the negative energy stays away.

[[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.
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' we see a gang member interviewing individuals begging for admittance to their shelter in the hopes of protection, shelter, and sustenance. One of the people being interviewed is a therapist, who finally sums up his profession thusly, "I help people who don't like each other get along." The gang member's eyes light up and he grins happily, "Oh yeah! We need that!"
* Completely averted in the original ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad''. Amanda Waller, despite her ornery and manipulative behavior, actually made sure Belle Reve Penitentiary had a full staff, including scientists, therapists, and even a priest, who were important side characters in the first half of the series.
* Despite the apparent lack of them in the movieverse, Dr. Aphra of the ''ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader'' series is mentioned to have seen one as a child who diagnosed her with psychological problems as a result of her estranged relationship with her father and the trauma of the Clone Wars. Didn't really seem do her much good considering the company she keeps.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', therapists probably ''do'' exist to help the kids deal with the fact that their parents were evil and one of their friends betrayed them, but the team avoids them due to their distrust of authority figures. This comes back to bite them in the ass in the last arc, as the team's long-simmering psychological issues all boil over and create a chain reaction that breaks them apart.
* Used egregiously in ''ComicBook/TheVision2015''; when the Avengers learn that Victor Mancha is a drug addict whose addiction has grown to the point that he's stealing from them in order to feed his habit, instead of getting him any counseling, they blackmail him into spying on Vision and his family. To say that this does not end well for anyone is a massive understatement.
* Marvel generally tends to avert this thanks to Doc Samson, a psychologist who also happens to be a superhero (specifically, a gamma mutate, this having Hulk-like capabilities, born out of his desire to help people.)
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'':
** MJ is explicitly suffering from PTSD after [[spoiler: Green Goblin throws her off a bridge]]. Peter even thinks that she should seek counseling, but worries that she [[AllTherapistsAreMuggles wouldn't be able to talk about it without giving away his identity]]. Peter himself could probably use one himself.
** Zigzagged in an annual, when Peter suffers a minor breakdown and tries to join one of the existing teams. After being turned away by the FantasticFour, Johnny catches up and tells Peter that they're all in therapy themselves.
* Averted in the ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' comic ''Out of the Bottle''. Harley Quinn, Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} all mention that they see therapists. They even mention that it's likely hard to be a superhero without some sort of mental health help.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': Both Kokoa and [[{{OC}} Arial]] have ''[[HairTriggerTemper very]]'' [[HairTriggerTemper severe anger issues]], to the point that they've nearly killed other people during {{Unstoppable Rage}}s, Felucia even lampshades it in the case of the latter, telling Kokoa point blank she needs professional help.
* Lampshaded in an author's note for the ''Anime/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.''
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Discussed. When Shinji and Asuka arrive on Avalon, they meet Ching, who is actually a trained therapist. But she won't act as one unless one of them ask her to, and so she told them.
* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheHokagesHat'' 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 two of them where involved in brainwashing Naruto, the clan is on her shitlist at the moment.
* ''Fanfic/ADifferentDursleyFamily'': {{Averted|Trope}}. Petunia met one when she realized she was letting her jealousy towards Lily affect the way she treated Harry.
* This is played straight later in the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series, with the latter half taking place in the aftermath of nuclear war, in which case there was no way to deal with a then mentally ill Ran and very mentally ill Reimu, especially so in the latter case since finding a therapist would mean sending her to a BedlamHouse, which are feared for due reason. This is subverted earlier in the series with Yukari, in which they aided in her recovery.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Since neither of the pilots had any therapy in spite of their blatant psychological traumas and the pressure and distress associated with being ChildSoldiers, Kaoru's plan to [[spoiler:avert Third Impact]] was becoming his teacher and giving them therapy and counseling surreptitiously.
* Subverted in ''Series/Supergirl2015'' story ''Fanfic/{{Survivors}}''. [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] goes to a therapist to help with her self-esteem, anger and recklessness issues but it doesn't seem to be working.
* Lampshaded in ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'', the students of Hogwarts survived a year of genocidal torture and war, and all they have at the end are each other for comfort. The only thing the wizarding world at large tossed them is a bunch of nosy reporters. Everyone ended up learning to deal with his or her PTSD themselves. Some retreated into domesticity, some became lawmen, one became a [[spoiler:vigilante serial killer]], another [[spoiler:became a drug addict]], and everyone had nightmares.
* Played with in the Italian remake of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'': on one hand, there's an implied lack of therapists outside Earth ([[WesternAnimation/WinxClub the planet Magix]] had exactly ''one'': [[ManipulativeBitch Darcy]]. Sure, she was professional enough to make sure she couldn't abuse of it, but still...), and for a number of reasons the {{Magical Girl}}s tend to avoid them; on the other, as soon as [[TheUnmasquedWorld the fall of the Veil]] makes it possible [[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} the Oracle]] instructs the Guardians of Kandrakar to bring Ari's autistic son to Earth for therapy, neatly solving the mess of ''W.I.T.C.H.''[='=]s third story arc before it can start.
* Discussed in ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/YourServantMistress''. It takes place in a real life setting, so the main character can get treatment for her PTSD ... or could, if she was able to trust someone with her problems. Diaval mentions having seen a therapist in the past.
* In ''Fanfic/TangledAdventuresInArendelle'', well, this is set in a period where therapy and psychology wouldn't be as developed. In fact, Eugene notes that Elsa has "many demons" from her past that she's still struggling with after the movie. However, the main cast does the best they can with what they can do, acting as friends and makeshift therapists to each other in order to help with their many problems.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' fanfics sometime have [[ManipulativeBastard Darcy]] as the only decent one on Magix. In ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'' she boasts of being the best of the Magical Dimension... Before admitting that she's also the only one who knows what she's doing, and that she's only decent when compared to Earth therapists.
* ''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.]]
* In ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'', it is Shinji who is hit by Arael's MindRape. Afterwards, Asuka fears he might become suicidal again and tells Misato as much. This is compounded by previous issues and a previous suicide attempt. However, ''neither'' of them even considers getting a therapist involved.
* ''Splendidly'' averted in ''FanFic/ToTheStars'' with the [[NGOSuperpower Mahou Shoujo Youkai]]'s Mental Health Division. As [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]]' powers are linked to their emotions, and as falling into despair can destroy their [[SoulJar soul gems]], with lethal results, the MSY has a vested interest in keeping its members sane. (Not to mention the damage a rogue, insane magical girl could wreak before she was stopped.) The fact that many Mental Health Division workers have some form of {{Telepathy}} or even MindControl certainly helps their job.

* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', galactic medical science is pretty advanced ó 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 to a therapist was Yoda. When Anakin went to him for help, Yoda had trouble because Anakin was lying about the nature of his problems; in the end, all Yoda could do was counsel him to become TheSpock and not allow his emotions to get to him. Contrast in ''WesternAnimation/TheCloneWars'', when Ahsoka (Anakin's apprentice) had a problem and went to Yoda for help, but since she told him the truth, they were able to work through the issue in a more reasonable manner.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheWorldOfHenryOrient''; when Marian first hears her new best friend Valerie leaves school early every day to see a psychiatrist, she thinks it's this shocking thing, especially when her mother and her mother's best friend Boothy act shocked when they hear the news. However, it turns out the only reason they were shocked is because of how young Valerie is (13 or so), and both of them each saw a psychiatrist briefly after their respective divorces.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': You'd think that Hank would try to get a therapist to help Charles with his depression and substance abuse, yet it doesn't happen. It could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] that Xavier wants to avoid mental health professionals because it's suggested that he was treated like a schizophrenic patient as a child, and considering how a few psychiatric practices of the 1940's are viewed as unethical today, Charles has no desire to risk a repeat of his past experience.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': Frobisher has the bad luck of being a manic-depressive in 1931.

* Ward of ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' has been ObfuscatingStupidity, and therefore is to be sent to an institution for insane nobles, a very nice and comfy place, from which, allegedly, many recovered patients returned to society. [[spoiler: When he ''is'' brought there, it is with the intent to ''make'' him go crazy and stay that way. And he's not the only one getting that treatment.]]
* 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'' 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 ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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]]. She discovers that it's not PTSD, as she was told, but a side effect of being shadow-kissed.
* Averted in the ''Literature/AmberBrown'' books. After Amber's father breaks a major promise to her and she justifiably gets very upset and angry, he starts taking lessons from a counselor on how to be a better parent. They seem to work.
* Averted in ''Literature/VenusPrime'', where Sparta does see a therapist after her drug-fuelled rampage in the fourth book.
* Defied in ''Lierature/DoraWilkSeries'', as both Szelma and Eryk mention going on therapy sessions to deal with their respective problems.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': The districts don't largely seem to have therapists, leaving the traumatized victors to relive their nightmares yearly as they're forced to participate in the games (though it's implied that Katniss' mother was able to somehow gain access to one in order to get hold of drugs to treat her depression). {{Exploited|Trope}} by the Capitol to make them broken beyond repair and thus unable to fight back. Subverted in [[spoiler:District 13]]: all refugees are given psychological help and local specialists do everything they can to get [[spoiler:Peeta]] back to his old self after a MindRape. Before [[spoiler:the final attack on the Capitol]], soldiers are checked for possible psychological problems. ([[spoiler:Johanna]] gets sent to a mental facility). Katniss also goes through therapy after [[spoiler:her sisterís death]].
* ''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-óEmily Mayer's family could certainly have used some counseling, Bruce could have, etc.
* Averted in ''Literature/MagicExLibris'' where every Porter sees a therapist, and the therapist is a major character.
* Also averted in ''Literature/{{Room}}''. When Ma and Jack escape, the police take them to a private psychiatric facility and they both receive plenty of counseling. Dr. Clay, their therapist, is TheShrink version 3 and a well-developed character. This doesn't happen in the film; they just get dumped back in Ma's childhood home with nothing more to be said.
* ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'' averts the trope with two examples:
** When Cyan starts having trouble focusing in class and her grades start to slip, she decides to set up regular appointments with the school psychologist, Dr. Ngo. He becomes one of her two confidants and he's the one who helps her realize that the autism her parents supposedly "cured" her of as a preschooler with [[SnakeOilSalesman a quack diet]] has never gone away.
** Cyan's friend Renate is a former bulimic, so she sees a Eating Disorder therapist once a month to guarentee she won't relapse back into it.
* Averted in ''Literature/CircleOfMagic''. In Will of the Empress, a character comes back from war and opens up about his traumas, and his sister firmly tells him that they'll be taking him to see a "mind healer", and recites the symptoms of PTSD at him, showing that there is at least some knowledge of mental health in the Emelan universe.

[[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.
** ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has the unique distinction of being both a standard procedural and an arc-based SciFi PostCyberpunk CrimeDrama series at the same time. When Reese goes to therapy in Season 4 [[spoiler:as part of his police detective cover identity]], his therapist is unable to properly treat his ChronicHeroSyndrome because of the secrets he has no choice but to harbor.
*** Also of note is the first therapist shown in the series [[spoiler:isn't a therapist at all but is instead a psychopath hacker in a cover identity.]]
* Averted in ''Series/{{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 BigBad 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.
* Averted multiple times over in ''Series/TheWestWing''.
** Josh is by far the most notable example. He is seeing a therapist at the beginning of the series (although he stops due to the political danger of a senior aide going to weekly therapy). After he is [[spoiler: shot in the chest at the end of Season 1]], Josh is mandated by Leo to meet with Stanley, a trauma therapist, due to him [[spoiler: showing many, many significant red flags of PTSD, including yelling at the President over a minor issue]]. Josh attempts to shrug off his issues and deflect painful questions by being deliberately irritating and difficult, but Stanley is completely unfazed by his aggression and (after eight full hours of circling) gets him to admit that he didn't cut his hand on a glass as he previously claimed, but[[SelfHarm broke a window in his apartment during a flashback]]. Stanley diagnoses him with [[spoiler: PTSD]], and tells Josh that he is not and will never be 'cured', but he can get better and recover over time.
*** Josh and Leo later have several vague conversations about Josh's PTSD, and two years after the incident, Donna calls Stanley to inform him of a [[spoiler: shooting at the White House]] because she is worried about Josh's mental health, indicating that he is recovering, but is not the same as he was before.
** Despite having both been sober for years, Leo and Hoynes continue to regularly attend AA meetings, emphasizing that addiction never goes away and has to be managed no matter how long you have been sober for.
** After she is [[spoiler: seriously injured in a bombing]], Donna [[spoiler: is extremely heavily implied to have PTSD]], confirmed when Kate pulls her aside to ask how she is doing and offer to talk if Donna needs to - she doesn't force anything on her, simply volunteers her help. Donna thanks her and says that she knows she needs help, but isn't ready.
* Completely averted by ''Series/{{MASH}}'', in which Sidney Freedman is a recurring Type 3.
* ''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).
* 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.
* Partially averted in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' when Astrid confides to Olivia that she regularly sees a shrink because no sane person could deal with all of the things they have witnessed without accepting help. Olivia is not as open to the idea, largely [[MedicateTheMedium because of trust issues.]]
* 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). Chakotay (with his VisionQuest), Neelix (as Morale Officer), and Tuvok (using Vulcan meditation techniques) usually take up the role. It's also something of a RunningGag that actually seeing a counselor ''always'' makes the situation worse.
* Normally played invisibly straight in ''Series/ModernFamily''. Despite all the dysfunctional crap the family goes through, no one so much as implies some sort of professional help is needed. Not until Alex, stressed over a test, snaps at her own birthday party. The next morning, her parents are trying to figure out what to do (once again not even considering therapy), when Alex walks up and explains she's already found a psychiatrist with good reviews who is covered by their insurance, and she's scheduled an appointment with him later.
-->'''Phil:''' She's like a self-cleaning oven...
* 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.
* Averted in one episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' in season three, when Buffy was sent to see a school counsellor...only for him to wind up dead in the same episode. Buffy goes through ''a lot'' of shit that would mess anyone up for life; killing demons for a living, her entire relationship with Angel (which was at best emotionally abusive, and at worst dived right into stalker territory which she thought was perfectly OK) which lead to a lot of issues with Riley, her mother's illness, dying and coming back to life, her mutually abusive relationship with Spike... Yet she never got any counselling or therapy. The only reasonable excuse is that no one would believe her and think she's crazy (and considering she actually got put away by her parents at one point for trying to come clean...) but they didn't even ''try'' to find someone who knew about the demon world, or may have even been half demon themselves. Giles was employed by a whole organization of people who could've easily found someone to help.
** Not just Buffy. The entire Scoobie Gang needed therapy at one stage or another. The entirety of season six could've been avoided if they'd actually sought out counselling.
** They try to avert this again in season seven when Buffy becomes a school counsellor. But considering everything she's been through without getting any help and not exactly dealing with any of it in a responsible manner (e.g. having rough sex with Spike and beating him up in the previous season), it really doesn't work. She's simply not qualified, both professionally and mentally. The teachers and principal were savvy enough to minimize the number of students who visited her; the job was really just a cover for keeping the local Slayer on retainer.
*** Buffy is not exactly such a bad choice in this instance. The principal [[spoiler: knows that Buffy is a Slayer, so giving her a position as a staff member at the school would be a good way to root out any Hellmouth problems that will occur.]]
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Averted with Misty Knight. After roughing up Claire due to her near-death at the hands of Diamondback, Inspector Ridley makes her sit down with a competent police psychiatrist, and he gets her to admit her problems and deal with them.
* Played literally straight in "Series/TheTribe" as it's a world without adults. And a very large portion of the cast could seriously do with one.

* ''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.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Jason of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' once took out three months of his teacher's therapy scrawling an needlessly long extrapolation of a formula on a blackboard and Andy mentions having gone to a therapist a few times, probably because of dealing with her family.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Inverted in ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech''. The New Earth Government recognizes the inherent mental stability problems resulting from battling [[EldritchAbomination things from beyond the stars]] with BlackBox technology created from ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow, and as a result they have an extensive psychiatric care infrastructure that puts anything in reality to shame.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This trope is literal in ''VideoGame/{{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 [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion three years later]] if someone had just gotten the poor kid a competent grief counselor.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/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.
* ''Videogame/NightInTheWoods'' Plays with this trope, there is indeed a therapist on Possum Springs, however, said therapist is also the only doctor in town, so he fills in roles of every medical field for the people in the town, including also orthodontist. The result is that he, while acting as a therapist for the town, is lampshaded by characters to be incompetent at it, with people who go to see him getting none of the treatment they actually need. [[spoiler:Mae was one of those people, after the Killer Incident, she was sent to therapy with him, where she talked about her problems, which were clear signs of dissociation, his only treatment to her at the time was giving her a diary, instead of any treatment with medicine she might need]].
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' ultimately invokes the question of whether the world's professional therapists chose to have their 2194 Christmas Ball in [[KillEmAll Ibukido]], as the cast is largely a DysfunctionJunction with their own issues tormenting them. Even Kagura Mutsuki, the most well-adjusted of them, is a veteran of the Ikaruga Civil War with some mental stigma left over, and that's if [[HandsomeLech his crotch rocket isn't hogging the blood]]. Even worse, of the characters who can actually dispense functional therapy, all of them have their own problems: Litchi is weighed down by her GuiltComplex regarding Roy Carmine (who we know as Arakune) and has gone so far as to mimic his corruption in an attempt to cure him herself; Makoto is trying to keep her personal Pandora's Box of racism issues shut; and Celica is utterly naive and has a bit of a martyr complex to go with it. And that is not to speak of Yuuki Terumi and Relius Clover, who not only are [[{{Sociopath}} mentally unsound]] (Terumi moreso), but go around making everything ''worse''. [[FridgeBrilliance This might have]] [[JustifiedTrope the justifications]] in the way that compared to its predecessor ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' (which draws heavy influence in American music), Blazblue is ''very'' Japanese-themed, not only its anime influence, but also Japan's real life cultural aversion on psychology.
* Initially averted in ''[[VideoGame/TheCompanyOfMyself Fixation]]'' with the therapist Henry providing genuine help and support to the main characters, but after his death there doesn't seem to be anyone who replaces him and things go downhill for his former patients soon afterwards.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Almost every doctor you encounter in the Mojave Wasteland seems to have at least a rudimentary grasp of clinical psychology, and several quests are about helping people get therapy to get to grips with traumatic events.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', as the protagonist is a {{hikikomori}} that adamantly refuses to leave her room to see a therapist, despite being in dire need of one.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GodEater''. Despite the world being post-apocalyptic and trained professionals in any field being a precious resource, it's stated point-blank that new recruit Alisa is on a mental health regimen that includes sessions with a competent therapist. It's even stated that she's so unstable and has such a dodgy background she'd normally be rejected from the God Eater program without a second thought, but since she's compatible with New Type God Arcs it's considered worth the expense. Further, base chatter from minor [=NPCs=] reveals that any member of Fenrir can request time with a counselor as part of their job.
* In ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'', quite a few of the Resistance are in serious need of therapy, including (but by all means not limited to) B.J, [[spoiler:Grace and Wyatt]]. Justified because they're all wanted fugitives, but also because they live in a world dominated by ThoseWackyNazis, [[TruthInTelevision who in real life]] considered mental illness and disability to be executable offences: if the Nazis of ''Wolfenstein'' are anything like the historical ones, they'd prefer to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Just Shoot 'Em]] rather than provide treatment.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/Injustice2'', where in Intro Quotes Ryan Choi/The Atom suggests that some characters seek therapy. but as most of these characters are insane or heavily mentally troubled (such as the Red Hood), none take him up on the idea. Red Hood outright calls murdering criminals his therapy.
* There is not a single major character in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' who couldn't be reasonably theorized to be mentally ill, but none of them ever mention therapy. [[spoiler:Notably, Sans and Napstablook probably have depression, and Alphys is explicitly straight-up suicidal.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Averted in ''VisualNovel/SteinsGateZero''. [[TraumaCongaLine Okabe]] went to the therapist to help him to recover from PTSD.
* Averted in ''[[VideoGame/CorpseParty Corpse Party: Book of Shadows]]'' and ''Blood Drive'', where one character does undergo therapy for the trauma she experienced in the first game. It ends up having the opposite effect of what's intended, since the person whose death traumatized her is RetGone and rather than treating her properly and exploring possible reasons as to why her personality did a complete 180 in her personal life, they try to insist she was just an imaginary friend and end up isolating her further.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' Surprisingly averted for a post-apocalyptic world, and in more than one instance:
** Rita received physical therapy while in recovery with the Cave Dwellers after her surgery. She mentions having to relearn how to walk and talk.
** Rita, Lara, and all members of the hunters' tribe [[spoiler: with a [[TheSociopath sociopathic brain type]] are taught to [[http://mildegard.ru/Gifts_of_wandering_ice/English/page325_eng.html recognize emotions in others]] and gain control over their own emotions -- developing "cognitive empathy" in lieu of the emotional empathy they lack -- in order to function properly in society.]] Years of this therapy [[spoiler: instill a subpersonality [[labelnote:Note]]From an author's note on [[http://mildegard.ru/Gifts_of_wandering_ice/English/page323_eng.html page 323]], a subpersonality is a personality mode that kicks in (appears on a temporary basis) to allow a person to cope with certain types of psychosocial situations.[[/labelnote]] that "controls" the sociopath's violent nature, molding natural born killers into guardians and leaders.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' there are many cases of this, sometimes lampshaded, but the one that tends to stick out most 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 didn't magically disappear]], but they will eventually get over their issues with some [[PowerOfLove love]] and hard work. Webcomic/FreakAngels are TrueCompanions after all.
* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/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. However, because of the MaybeMagicMaybeMundane nature of Noah's crossdressing behavior, even the therapist is stumped.
* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/BetterDays''. After Fisk [[spoiler:hits his principle with a baseball bat for trying to rape his mother]], the police officer who arrives on the scene gives Fisk the number of a child psychologist for him to meet with to deal with the trauma of the situation. The chapter ends with Fisk meeting the psychologist and, when asked how he feels, gives a very frank explanation of how he felt completely justified in what he did, even if he knows he shouldn't. The psychologist smirks and draws a dollar sign on her notepad, implying that she is just interested in milking money out of his case. Shortly after though, it's shown that Fisk is continuing with his therapy sessions and that they're very helpful in helping him deal with [[spoiler:being coerced into sex with Nikki, a young girl who was sexually abused by her father]]. The psychologist also helps out by [[spoiler:investigating Nikki's home life, learning that her dad is a wanted criminal, and having Sheila keep Nikki out of the way on the day the police plan to raid her home]].
* Averted in ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'', where a registration pamphlet explains that registered {{Magical Girl}}s all get their own therapist/counselor. However, there is no requirement to take advantage of them. In a conversation with Zoe, Undine tries to suggest speaking to the counselors about bullying she's been experiencing. Zoe's hesitant to bother them, to which Undine's points out that being bothered by students is ''literally'' their job. In that same conversation, it comes out that Undine hasn't seen them either, despite having very recently had the rest of her magical girl team either killed or BroughtDownToNormal in the process of saving her life. Zoe's shocked it ''isn't'' required in Undine's case.
* 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.
* 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]].
* ''Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry'' is naturally an aversion. The whole dang thing is about video game characters getting therapy for all the weird stuff they get into.
* In ''[[WebComic/WalkyVerse It's Walky!]]'', while the series mostly played it for laughs, the lack of mental health treatment for the Abductees is palpable and, [[CerebusSyndrome in the end, tragic]]. The idea that the best way to help some 600-odd young adults with superhuman powers who have been repeatedly been abducted by aliens, experimented on, subjected to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment bizarre forms of torture]], and then had most (but not quite all) of the their memories of the events erased, is to separate them from friends and family, arm them with high-tech alien weaponry, give them secretive police powers, and let them loose on their abductors, should have been enough to make the original Big Boss' [[YourHeadAsplode head explode]] at the thought of the liability he'd be taking on. The subject did get a few [[LampShadeHanging lampshades hung on it]], but it really was incredibly reckless by RealLife standards.

[[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. [[WebVideo/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 there are no therapists 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 after the 8 Extermination arc, in which [[spoiler:Aegis and Gallant died during Leviathan's attack]].
** Up to then, however, this was played straight among the heroes of Brockton Bay (while being averted in the world at large) - while making the above request, Weld calls out his superiors for ''not'' having any sort of psychiatric help already in place.
** For obvious reasons, villains tend not to seek out therapists, and for equally obvious reasons there aren't many therapists who are willing to deal with villains who could decide to attack them at any moment. Combined with the fact that many capes have [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening serious psychological issues already,]] this helps to explain the prevalence of villains in the setting.
* Goes both ways in ''Literature/BraveNewWorldUniverse'': The original character, Arachnya desperately needs a therapist at one point [[spoiler:her father is murdered because of who she is, and she resorts to drinking to dull the pain, she's fifteen years old]]. she doesn't get professional help.
** Averted in the spin-off Ride the Whirlwind, one of the main characters and his group of heroes is actually pretty desperate to get a very powerful Chosen,[[spoiler:Ricki]], some help after she has a mental breakdown. Too bad, she's a runaway, has a phobia doctors, is being hunted by people with very big guns, and will create a tornado if she panics. They eventually find someone to help her.
* 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.
* Averted in Literature/HeroesSaveTheWorld, where at least the kids working with PALATINATE are meeting with therapists.
* Played with by the Freelancer Program of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', which has the Counselor as its number two leader. Only problem is that he doesn't actually care about mental health, only whether or not the Agents are at their peak in terms of combat ability. Agent Washington, implied to have spent considerable time with him after being driven insane by Epsilon, is afterwards notably more efficient, less empathetic, and only recovers a semblance of normality by taking over for Church as the Gulch's self-appointed StraightMan.

[[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 ''WesternAnimation/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. Although this gets somewhat subverted in that no one thought to have him counseled by Black Canary ''before'' he joined the team, despite it being clear he was still deeply traumatized over [[spoiler: getting kidnapped, having his arm chopped off, being put in cryogenic stasis, replaced with a clone, and thought to be dead by just about everyone]] to the point he actually [[spoiler: tried to murder Lex Luthor for revenge and ''came damn close to doing it''.]]
* 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.
** Played straight with [[KidHero Finn,]] since There Are No ''Human'' Therapists. He has a mental ''vault'' he puts his traumatizing moments in and has been through plenty of experiences being the hero of Ooo while also being the MoralityPet to Princess Bubblegum and Marceline.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Shelter From The Storm". The Brain starts having anxiety and becomes increasingly stressed after a hurricane hits their town. His parents send him to a therapist, voiced by Creator/IdinaMenzel, to help his issues. After the end of his session he thinks he's "cured" but is told by his therapist that dealing with anxiety takes time, made obvious by the fact Brain is [[TraumaButton triggered by the rustling of wind]]. She teaches him techniques to deal with his anxiety and in the end he confronts his fears.
* {{Subverted| trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' with Big Shot, a {{parody}} of {{nineties antihero}}es in general and Comicbook/{{The Punisher}} in particular. In "The Tick vs The Ideamen", he is a clearly unstable maniac who riddles random things with bullets until they resemble skulls; the Tick warns him that "Guns and superheroes don't mix. Seek professional help." When he reappears in "The Tick vs The Tick", he has been to therapy and, while he still has anger issues, he has them under control and is overall a calm, stable man who even invites the other Tick to attend his group sessions to work out his own issues.
* Averted in ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'', as pop-psychologist Dr. Lipschitz and his assorted parenting manuals make frequent appearances.
* Gradually subverted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. While at first characters would go through one-episode... episodes and not have it commented on, the presence of a literally barking mad pony being chased by doctors at least implies a mental hospital. Said pony was later seen being given a home by a nurse, presumably recovered. Also, [[BigGood Princess Celestia]] tasked one of the main characters with reforming a villain, [[TheSacredDarkness Princess Luna]] literally helps foals in their nightmares, [[LoveGoddess Princess Cadence]] is known to reignite couple's love, and Twilight Sparkle has offered to rehabilitate a former cult leader. Even the B-plot Cutie Mark Crusaders have moved into the field of cutie mark advice--and given that ponies consider cutie marks a huge part of their identity, that's saying something.
** Interestingly, all the above examples were shown ''after'' the escape and rampage of the MadGod Discord. And there have been multiple references to spells that affect the mind, some of which were shown on-screen...
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Hank Pym fakes his death, then goes around with a new personality and calling himself Yellowjacket, who is much more ruthless and prone to violence. Everyone is aware that is unhealthy but no one mentions therapy.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', "Webworld", was all about the Decepticons finally getting sick of Galvatron being insane and sending him to a planet whose hat is curing the mentally ill. Galvatron just ends up ravaging the planet.