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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."''

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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, therapy -- and, of course, because itís TV, therapists donít exist."''



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]].

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May be an EnforcedTrope out of a belief that [[DysfunctionJunction fiction's more interesting that way]], because the writers think poorly of psychiatry--or 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]].



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' when [[OnlySaneMan 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, and the Evangelion franchise uses it as a jumping-off point for its own story about depression and abuse. In this case, the therapists don't exist because nobody who would create an organisation like NERV is either (a) particularly concerned with the wellbeing of their employees, or (b) particularly sane themselves.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' when [[OnlySaneMan 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 that are inexplicably overlooked so long as they are good pilots, which naturally never lasts for long, long and the Evangelion franchise uses it as a jumping-off point for its own story about depression and abuse. In this case, the therapists don't exist because nobody who would create an organisation like NERV is either (a) particularly concerned with the wellbeing of their employees, or (b) particularly sane themselves.



** Marika is a [[{{Transgender}} trans girl]] in middle scho 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.

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** Marika is a [[{{Transgender}} trans girl]] in middle scho 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 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.



* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Subverted with Dr Bianchi, whose job is to keep the cyborg girls functioning and advise their handlers how to handle them, but not to help the girls re-enter society.

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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Subverted with Dr Dr. Bianchi, whose job is to keep the cyborg girls functioning and advise their handlers how to handle them, but not to help the girls re-enter society.



** Played with in the original series. Kayaba did not create any sort of therapists for his death game, but the AI he programmed to design most of the world realized the players would need ''something'', and so created a secondary program to fulfill that purpose. But Kayaba didn't want anything interfering with his players, so he quarantined the therapist program off where it could observe the players but not interact with them in any way. It eventually managed to escape and took the form of a young girl named Yue, then got herself adopted by Asuna and Kirito. She still occasionally demonstrates her therapist abilities, such as easily pushing someone she just met towards confessing her feelings for someone, and quickly identifying various deep-seated issues.
** ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'': Karen could probably use a therapist due to her body image issues, but the big one is Pito. She is a DeathSeeker who is ''upset'' that she missed getting trapped in the SAO death game, and is obsessed with having real consequences to the games she plays. For a while she was mostly fine since she had found a masochist to exercise her sadism on, but eventually she relapsed and decided she'd kill herself if she died in the game. Karen even lampshades that if Goshi thinks she's going to kill herself he should go to the police or a therapist, but he brushes it off.
* In ''Manga/EdensZero'', [[RobotGirl Hermit]] was used, betrayed, and abused horribly by a man who had presented himself as a kindly old scientist who wanted to help a planet full of androids, only to reveal himself as a MadScientist with a genocidal hatred against humanoid machines. While the scientist and his cronies are eventually arrested, by that time Hermit herself is an emotionally broken shell of her former self, and instead of offering any sort of support or therapy to help her get through it, the officers on the scene simply declare that she's too far gone, and that the most merciful thing to go off on her own to find a place to die. This being a Hiro Mashima work, it takes ThePowerOfFriendship from the protagonists before she starts to recover.

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** Played with in the original series. Kayaba did not create any sort of therapists for his death game, but the AI he programmed to design most of the world realized the players would need ''something'', and so created a secondary program to fulfill that purpose. But Kayaba didn't want anything interfering with his players, so he quarantined the therapist program off where it could observe the players but not interact with them in any way. It eventually managed to escape and took the form of a young girl named Yue, then got herself adopted by Asuna and Kirito. She still occasionally demonstrates her therapist abilities, such as easily pushing someone she just met towards confessing her feelings for someone, someone and quickly identifying various deep-seated issues.
** ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'': Karen could probably use a therapist due to her body image issues, but the big one is Pito. She is a DeathSeeker who is ''upset'' that she missed getting trapped in the SAO death game, and is obsessed with having real consequences to the games she plays. For a while while, she was mostly fine since she had found a masochist to exercise her sadism on, on but eventually she relapsed and decided she'd kill herself if she died in the game. Karen even lampshades that if Goshi thinks she's going to kill herself he should go to the police or a therapist, but he brushes it off.
* In ''Manga/EdensZero'', [[RobotGirl Hermit]] was used, betrayed, and abused horribly by a man who had presented himself as a kindly old scientist who wanted to help a planet full of androids, only to reveal himself as a MadScientist with a genocidal hatred against humanoid machines. While the scientist and his cronies are eventually arrested, by that time Hermit herself is an emotionally broken shell of her former self, and instead of offering any sort of support or therapy to help her get through it, the officers on the scene simply declare that she's too far gone, gone and that the most merciful thing to go off on her own to find a place to die. This being a Hiro Mashima work, it takes ThePowerOfFriendship from the protagonists before she starts to recover.



* 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.

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* 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 to do her much good considering the company she keeps.



* The 2018 DC Comics crossover arc ''ComicBook/HeroesInCrisis'' [[CrisisCrossover double-subverts this so hard it's not even funny]]. The first subversion is that this arc retcons that the superhero community created a safe location, called "Sanctuary", explicitly to defy this trope. [[spoiler:The double subversion is that ''someone'' entered Sanctuary, massacred all of the superheroes that were ''in'' Sanctuary at that moment, and stole information on all other superheroes, which includes their secret identities, recordings they did where they confessed all of their darkest secrets, and extensive psychological profiles. If the arc doesn't ends with them going back to believing that TherapyIsForTheWeak, it'll be a miracle.]]

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* The 2018 DC Comics crossover arc ''ComicBook/HeroesInCrisis'' [[CrisisCrossover double-subverts this so hard it's not even funny]]. The first subversion is that this arc retcons that the superhero community created a safe location, called "Sanctuary", explicitly to defy this trope. [[spoiler:The double subversion is that ''someone'' entered Sanctuary, massacred all of the superheroes that were ''in'' Sanctuary at that moment, and stole information on all other superheroes, which includes their secret identities, recordings they did where they confessed all of their darkest secrets, and extensive psychological profiles. If the arc doesn't ends end with them going back to believing that TherapyIsForTheWeak, it'll be a miracle.]]



* Averted in ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099''. The main character is an officer of the Public Eye (basically privatized police force), who has his family gunned down in front of him, ''and'' the perpetrator gets away without any kind of meaningful punishment due to being mega-rich. After that he has to go through mandatory psychiatric evaluation, and the psychiatrist actually gets suspicious because he seems to be adjusting ''too well'' to the situation.

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* Averted in ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099''. The main character is an officer of the Public Eye (basically privatized police force), who has his family gunned down in front of him, ''and'' the perpetrator gets away without any kind of meaningful punishment due to being mega-rich. After that that, he has to go through mandatory psychiatric evaluation, and the psychiatrist actually gets suspicious because he seems to be adjusting ''too well'' to the situation.



* ''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.

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* ''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 asks 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 does, however, lament that it would've been nice to have a Yamanaka along to help but since two of them where were involved in brainwashing Naruto, the clan is on her shitlist at the moment.



* 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.

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* Discussed in ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/YourServantMistress''. It takes place in a real life real-life setting, so the main character can get treatment for her PTSD ... or could, could if she was able to trust someone with her problems. Diaval mentions having seen a therapist in the past.



* ''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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' fanfics sometime sometimes 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, doing and that she's only decent when compared to Earth therapists.



** Izuku suffers from [=PTSD=] from all the bullying he faced growing due to the systematic discrimination against Quirkless and [[TheBully Bakugou's]] [[BullyBrutality treatment of him.]] And the fic started with him having suicidal ideation considering he tried faking a suicide attempt to scare Bakugou.[[ThePowerOfFriendship His friends]] manage to help him deal with his inferiority complex and problems with accepting people and does become valued for his skills. But despite working with several teachers and going to a better school, no one has see a therapist.

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** Izuku suffers from [=PTSD=] from all the bullying he faced growing due to the systematic discrimination against Quirkless and [[TheBully Bakugou's]] [[BullyBrutality treatment of him.]] And the fic started with him having suicidal ideation considering he tried faking a suicide attempt to scare Bakugou.[[ThePowerOfFriendship His friends]] manage to help him deal with his inferiority complex and problems with accepting people and does become valued for his skills. But despite working with several teachers and going to a better school, no one has to see a therapist.



* ''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.

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* ''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 1940s are viewed as unethical today, Charles has no desire to risk a repeat of his past experience.



* 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.

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* 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 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, 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.



* 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.

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* Averted in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. At first, Rose, Eddie, Christian 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.



* Both averted and defied in ''{{Literature/Touch}}'', which not only opens on the main character receiving therapy to help with his traumas, but which specifically points out that therapists play a large role in the safe management of superpowers within the community.
* ''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.

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* Both averted and defied in ''{{Literature/Touch}}'', which not only opens on the main character receiving therapy to help with his traumas, traumas but which specifically points out that therapists play a large role in the safe management of superpowers within the community.
* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'': You would think that everything the twins and various other characters have gone though through (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 long-dead girlfriend that he can't bring himself to enter a new relationship is need of help.



* ''Literature/AllTheTroublesOfTheWorld'': AvertedTrope for humanity, because Multivac is not only providing answers to trivial questions, it also answers questions about emotional problems, and citizens are encouraged to share their innermost feelings, as if Multivac was a dear confidante. However, this is [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] for the machine itself, because nobody can help it deal with problems. The stress of being humanity's therapist makes Multivac [[DrivenToSuicide want to be destroyed]].
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': In this world, a wizard who's mentally unstable does his damnedest to ''hide'' it instead of seek help, because anyone ''else'' would suspect that the instability was a result of necromancy.

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* ''Literature/AllTheTroublesOfTheWorld'': AvertedTrope for humanity, because Multivac is not only providing answers to trivial questions, it also answers questions about emotional problems, and citizens are encouraged to share their innermost feelings, feelings as if Multivac was a dear confidante. However, this is [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] for the machine itself, because nobody can help it deal with problems. The stress of being humanity's therapist makes Multivac [[DrivenToSuicide want to be destroyed]].
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': In this world, a wizard who's mentally unstable does his damnedest to ''hide'' it instead of seek seeking help, because anyone ''else'' would suspect that the instability was a result of necromancy.



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* 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.

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* 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 these 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 the desire to try therapy any time soon.



** 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.

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** 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, help but isn't ready.



* 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.

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* 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, abductions and eventually takes Scully there to be hypnotized into remembering one of her own abductions.



** 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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** 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 mention 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, 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.



* 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.

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* Jason of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' once took out three months of his teacher's therapy scrawling an a 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.



* 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.

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* 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, hasn't because he ''killed'' all his therapists.



* ''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 [[TheSociopath 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.

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* ''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 [[TheSociopath 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, influence but also Japan's real life real-life cultural aversion on psychology.



* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', quite a few characters are pretty obviously in need of somebody to help them deal with their post-traumatic stress. For example, Miles Edgeworth witnessed a murder at the age of nine after being trapped in an elevator in an earthquake, and is shown to have panic attacks in earthquakes even as an adult. He also avoids elevators whenever possible, a major inconvenience considering he works on the tenth floor of a building.

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* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', quite a few characters are pretty obviously in need of somebody to help them deal with their post-traumatic stress. For example, Miles Edgeworth witnessed a murder at the age of nine after being trapped in an elevator in an earthquake, earthquake and is shown to have panic attacks in earthquakes even as an adult. He also avoids elevators whenever possible, a major inconvenience considering he works on the tenth floor of a building.



* 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.

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* 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 that the patient doesn't want to go to one, which is sadly TruthInTelevision for some victims of depression.



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* Played with in ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum''. Canon characters traumaztied by the events of a story to a degree beyond what a simple memory wipe can fix are sent to [=FicPsych=] for more significant treatment. Agents are also heard of going there after particularly bad missions, but therapy for them is only enough to get them back onto the field instead of fixing whatever innate problems they had before signing up.


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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017''. The second season episode "Whatever Happened to Donald Duck?" reveals that shortly after Donald found himself raising the triplets, he began attending anger management in order to keep his temper from hurting the kids.

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* ''Fanfic/TheVigilanteBossAndHisFailedRetirementPlan'':
** Izuku suffers from [=PTSD=] from all the bullying he faced growing due to the systematic discrimination against Quirkless and [[TheBully Bakugou's]] [[BullyBrutality treatment of him.]] And the fic started with him having suicidal ideation considering he tried faking a suicide attempt to scare Bakugou.[[ThePowerOfFriendship His friends]] manage to help him deal with his inferiority complex and problems with accepting people and does become valued for his skills. But despite working with several teachers and going to a better school, no one has see a therapist.
** Sakura suffered from depression over her mother's death and still recovering from being a {{Hikikomori}}. Again no therapy.
** By only using half his Quirk, Shoto is publicly self-mutilating himself to the point of risking his own health. Izuku tries to intervene and finally gets him snap in out of it during the Sports Festival final. Again no therapist.
** Once transferred to a more strict school, Bakugou's teachers recommend anger management therapy only to fall on deaf ears. The teachers at Yuuei finally [[DefiedTrope defy this trope]] by assigning mandatory anger management, mandatory counseling and remedial rescue training to Bakugou if the latter doesn't want to be expelled.

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* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': In this world, a wizard who's mentally unstable does his damnedest to ''hide'' it instead of seek help, because anyone ''else'' would suspect that the instability was a result of necromancy.


* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou is suffering from a form of PTSD where he feels the need to protect people at the cost of his own well-being due to being one of the few survivors of [[DarkAndTroubledPast the Fuyuki Fire]]. This causes trouble a few times, including Shirou shielding Saber from a strike from Berserker, which should've horrifically killed him if it weren't for [[HealingFactor Avalon]].
** Kirei Kotomine qualifies as this. He feels no empathy for people (including his "loved" ones, such as his father and wife), except that he [[{{Sadist}} enjoys bringing pain and death to them]] (including [[KillTheOnesYouLove people who love him]])... and he [[IAmAMonster hates]] it. In the prequel ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Gilgamesh exploits this by telling Kotomine to embrace it, leading to where he is in the present. Considering his father was somewhat aware he had issues and his wife was aware of it, you'd think that he'd have seen a therapist sooner or later.



* In ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' Surprisingly averted for a post-apocalyptic world, and in more than one instance:

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Yara truly loves Theon, but when he still has PTSD when they're in Volantis in Season 6, she tells him that if he doesn't want to live he should just kill himself, or he should keep going ó though she does apologize for being a little insensitive. This might seem kind of blunt to us, but in the behind-the-scenes videos, the showrunners directly explained that "Yara isn't a trained psychotherapist", most people in Westeros don't really know about PTSD and the Ironborn, in particular, are more blunt than others, so they felt that it would be untrue to her background if she wasn't kind of blunt in this scene.


** 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.

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** 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.[[note]]Which only gets HarsherInHindsight when Noah himself went through a CreatorBreakdown...[[/note]]


* Unintentionally {{lampshade|Hanging}}d 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.

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* Unintentionally {{lampshade|Hanging}}d {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' when [[DeadpanSnarker [[OnlySaneMan 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.long, and the Evangelion franchise uses it as a jumping-off point for its own story about depression and abuse. In this case, the therapists don't exist because nobody who would create an organisation like NERV is either (a) particularly concerned with the wellbeing of their employees, or (b) particularly sane themselves.



** 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.

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** Marika is a [[{{Transgender}} trans girl]] in middle school scho 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.


** Even with a staff of four, and assistance from ARC's therapists and Fubar, the school is all too aware that it still isn't enough, given the unique nature of some of the problems, especially for cases where their powers directly cause behavioral changes (as is often the case for Avatars, due to the passenger that shares their head). In addition, you have trauma cases like Pejuta, kids who have been rejected by their friends and families, kids who have been attacked by other mutants or hunted by [[FantasticRacism Humanity First!]] and/or the [[GovernmentConspiracy Mutant Commission Office]], kids who were subject to abuse due their mutation, kids who were victims of more mundane, but no less tragic, forms of mistreatment (such as [[CuteButPsycho Jade]]), and even cases of psychic, astral, or magical assaults (such as what [[spoiler:Skybolt and Cavalier]] experienced). Just keeping them all going is a monumental undertaking.

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** Even with a staff of four, and assistance from ARC's therapists and Fubar, the school is all too aware that it still isn't enough, given the unique nature of some of the problems, especially for cases where their powers directly cause behavioral changes (as is often the case for Avatars, due to the passenger that shares their head). In addition, you have trauma cases like Pejuta, kids who have been [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer rejected by their friends friends]] and families, [[ParentalAbandonment families]], kids who have been attacked by other mutants or hunted by [[FantasticRacism Humanity First!]] and/or the [[GovernmentConspiracy Mutant Commission Office]], kids who were subject to abuse due their mutation, kids who were victims of [[ParentalNeglect more mundane, mundane,]] [[ParentalAbuse but no less tragic, tragic]], forms of mistreatment (such as [[CuteButPsycho Jade]]), Jade]] or [[HeroicBSOD Circuit Breaker]]), and even cases of psychic, astral, or magical assaults (such as what [[spoiler:Skybolt [[spoiler:[[MindRape Skybolt and Cavalier]] Cavalier]]]] experienced). Just keeping them all going is a monumental undertaking.

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** Later on, in ''Ghosts of the Past'' a new therapist shows up, and he's likely even better than Xavier, given he has over a thousand years of experience in it, and offers multiple characters a session to work things out. Who is it? Why, [[spoiler: it's Jesus]]. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, that isn't a joke.]]

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* In ''Film/TheInitiation'', Frances and Dwight forbade Kelly from receiving any form of psychiatric or psychological help after her trauma. When Peter starts analysing Kelly, Frances demands that she stop seeing him, but Kelly stands up for herself and refuses. It is eventually revealed that Frances and Dwight had reasons for never wanting Kelly to recover her lost memories.


** In ''Manga/EdensZero'', [[RobotGirl Hermit]] was used, betrayed, and abused horribly by a man who had presented himself as a kindly old scientist who wanted to help a planet full of androids, only to reveal himself as a MadScientist with a genocidal hatred against humanoid machines. While the scientist and his cronies are eventually arrested, by that time Hermit herself is an emotionally broken shell of her former self, and instead of offering any sort of support or therapy to help her get through it, the officers on the scene simply declare that she's too far gone, and that the most merciful thing to go off on her own to find a place to die. This being a Hiro Mashima work, it takes ThePowerOfFriendship from the protagonists before she starts to recover.

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** * In ''Manga/EdensZero'', [[RobotGirl Hermit]] was used, betrayed, and abused horribly by a man who had presented himself as a kindly old scientist who wanted to help a planet full of androids, only to reveal himself as a MadScientist with a genocidal hatred against humanoid machines. While the scientist and his cronies are eventually arrested, by that time Hermit herself is an emotionally broken shell of her former self, and instead of offering any sort of support or therapy to help her get through it, the officers on the scene simply declare that she's too far gone, and that the most merciful thing to go off on her own to find a place to die. This being a Hiro Mashima work, it takes ThePowerOfFriendship from the protagonists before she starts to recover.



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** In ''Manga/EdensZero'', [[RobotGirl Hermit]] was used, betrayed, and abused horribly by a man who had presented himself as a kindly old scientist who wanted to help a planet full of androids, only to reveal himself as a MadScientist with a genocidal hatred against humanoid machines. While the scientist and his cronies are eventually arrested, by that time Hermit herself is an emotionally broken shell of her former self, and instead of offering any sort of support or therapy to help her get through it, the officers on the scene simply declare that she's too far gone, and that the most merciful thing to go off on her own to find a place to die. This being a Hiro Mashima work, it takes ThePowerOfFriendship from the protagonists before she starts to recover.


** ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'': Karen could probably use a therapist due to her body image issues, but the big one is Pito. She is a DeathSeeker who is ''upset'' that she missed getting trapped in the SAO death game, and is obssessed with having real consequences to the games she plays. For a while she was mostly fine since she had found a masochist to exercise her sadism on, but eventually she relapsed and decided she'd kill herself if she died in the game. Karen even lampshades that if Goshi thinks she's going to kill herself he should go to the police or a therapist, but he brushes it off.

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** ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'': Karen could probably use a therapist due to her body image issues, but the big one is Pito. She is a DeathSeeker who is ''upset'' that she missed getting trapped in the SAO death game, and is obssessed obsessed with having real consequences to the games she plays. For a while she was mostly fine since she had found a masochist to exercise her sadism on, but eventually she relapsed and decided she'd kill herself if she died in the game. Karen even lampshades that if Goshi thinks she's going to kill herself he should go to the police or a therapist, but he brushes it off.



** 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 ComicBook/FantasticFour, Johnny catches up and tells Peter that they're all in therapy themselves.

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** Zigzagged ZigZaggingTrope in an annual, when Peter suffers a minor breakdown and tries to join one of the existing teams. After being turned away by the ComicBook/FantasticFour, Johnny catches up and tells Peter that they're all in therapy themselves.



* By the time ''Fanfic/PowderedGoldAndPottery'' begins, [[Manga/MyHeroAcademia Shouto]] has been seeing a therapist for several years to cope with the way Endeavor raised him. He also has a service dog, Hiro. ZigZagged in that not all adults and authority figures have been entirely supportive; at one of his previous schools, students harassed Hiro, and Shouto was blamed for 'distracting' them, forcing him to leave Hiro behind. When Nedzu and Aizawa prove to be more supportive, Shouto is honestly surprised.

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* By the time ''Fanfic/PowderedGoldAndPottery'' begins, [[Manga/MyHeroAcademia Shouto]] has been seeing a therapist for several years to cope with the way Endeavor raised him. He also has a service dog, Hiro. ZigZagged ZigZaggingTrope in that not all adults and authority figures have been entirely supportive; at one of his previous schools, students harassed Hiro, and Shouto was blamed for 'distracting' them, forcing him to leave Hiro behind. When Nedzu and Aizawa prove to be more supportive, Shouto is honestly surprised.



* 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.

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* 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 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.



* Defied in ''Lierature/DoraWilkSeries'', as both Szelma and Eryk mention going on therapy sessions to deal with their respective problems.

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* Defied in ''Lierature/DoraWilkSeries'', ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'', as both Szelma and Eryk mention going on therapy sessions to deal with their respective problems.



* ''Literature/AllTheTroublesOfTheWorld'': AvertedTrope for humanity, because Multivac is not only providing answers to trivial questions, it also answers questions about emotional problems, and citizens are encouraged to share their innermost feelings, as if Multivac was a dear confidante. However, this is PlayedStraight for the machine itself, because nobody can help it deal with problems. The stress of being humanity's therapist makes Multivac [[DrivenToSuicide want to be destroyed]].

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* ''Literature/AllTheTroublesOfTheWorld'': AvertedTrope for humanity, because Multivac is not only providing answers to trivial questions, it also answers questions about emotional problems, and citizens are encouraged to share their innermost feelings, as if Multivac was a dear confidante. However, this is PlayedStraight [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] for the machine itself, because nobody can help it deal with problems. The stress of being humanity's therapist makes Multivac [[DrivenToSuicide want to be destroyed]].



*** 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.]]

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*** 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.]]occur]].


* Averted in ''Fanfic/TheAlchemistsHeart'', who's protagonists, Silver Script, goes through a couple over the course of the story to cope with her rather [[TraumaConga traumatic]] and [[BalefulPolymorph interesting]] [[GenderBender life]].

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* Averted in ''Fanfic/TheAlchemistsHeart'', who's protagonists, Silver Script, goes through a couple over the course of the story to cope with her rather [[TraumaConga [[TraumaCongaLine traumatic]] and [[BalefulPolymorph interesting]] [[GenderBender life]].

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