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AirTalk Asks: Does the stigma around therapy still exist?

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Is therapy the new norm? As more Americans in their 20s and 30s prioritize mental-health, the stigma that was once associated to therapy has started to dissolve.

More millenials are actively seeking therapy and are comfortable speaking about it shamelessly. In fact, according to research by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conducted in 2015, adults between the ages 18-25 have more accepting views when it comes to mental health care, and 60% of those surveyed said they viewed seeing a mental health professional as a measure of strength. Yet, despite an uptick in the acceptance of therapy, cultural and economic factors are still seen as challenges that make seeking mental health care difficult.

Have you changed your mind about therapy? Do you think there’s still a stigma regarding therapy? And do you notice a generational and cultural difference when it comes to seeking therapy? Weigh in and call us at 866-893-5722.

With guest host Libby Denkmann


Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist based in Los Angeles and writer of the weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column for The Atlantic; her forthcoming book is “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2019)