It can be difficult for people to openly talk about receiving therapy. It highlights the fact that someone has a flaw or a weakness, something they need help to process and talk through – which understandably they might not like to brag about. However, since the early 2000’s, reality TV shows such as Big Brother have started introducing on-screen therapy, which over the latter years has helped people come to terms with the fact that it is quite normal.

At first, the use of therapy sessions in TV was there to add more of a plot to the program, which inevitably didn’t seem so real, and the celebrities issues would be heightened to create more entertainment. But nowadays, with the number of people who actually go to therapy, or just experience and relate to what someone on a show is going through at therapy, the whole idea has become a lot more normal.

Lindsay Holmes, Senior Wellness Editor at Huffpost speaks in the above video, about the differences between therapy on TV in the late 90’s early 2000’s and now, “the way therapy was presented in the beginning was groundbreaking for it’s time, but they really exploited people and their issues in order to produce a show.”

“Your mental health condition doesn’t define your life, and it’s important that therapy is featured as one part of a persons life rather than it being their whole life, and I think that’s the difference between early reality TV shows and now.

There is a stigma against mental health issues, and there’s no point denying this as a fact. However, through reality TV shows, podcasts and radio shows, people talking about their issues with or without a therapist has allowed others to feel ‘normal’ about speaking about their issues too. A survey conducted by The Harris Poll for the American Psychological Association shows that 87% of Americans said that having a mental health issue is not something to be embarrassed or ashamed of.

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