Americans do love doctors if medic stats is anything to go by. they will get for treatment at the slightest feeling of being unwell. It stirs someone to want to know why they are so obsessed with seeing psychotherapists. But before getting the reasons, what do psychotherapists do? What really is psychotherapy and its relation to the American demography.
A psychotherapist is a doctor by the general definition. It is someone who can really turn things around if you are undergoing stress or any other mental related problem.
Around the world, not many people constantly see psychotherapists. However when exposed to greater American demographic, such as on Reddit, it would appear everyone is seeing sort of therapist. So, why do Americans randomly go to psychotherapists?
It’s a cultural thing
Is it more taboo to discuss in the UK? Is it cheaper in the US? Is mental illness more widespread in the US? Lots of people that don’t have anything as severe as to be hospitalized but don’t bring up any mental healthcare because why would they be in normal conversation? That is the perception on the U.S.
Is it cheaper in the US?
Probably not, among the rich, therapists are like paid confidants. It is almost as if, if you don’t have a therapist, you are déclassé because it probably means you can’t afford one. They are particularly popular for children of the rich, in which case the therapist is a substitute for actually taking the time to be a parent to your kids.
Is mental illness more widespread in the US?
Most therapists aren’t for the mentally ill; they’re for people that are just having run of the mill difficulties to help sort themselves out.
They need to be sure they are sound
A psychiatrist deals with diagnosable mental illness as a physician, a therapist provides help without being or advertising themselves as a medical provider; in some jurisdictions a therapist can be basically anybody willing to listen to your problems. Americans want an assurance that they can make sound decisions.
It’s not as common in the US as you might believe. The reddit-using community is not representative of the US as a whole. But yes it appears to be a cultural thing, where there are cultures that have to talk about going to therapy, or even going to therapy at all as something shameful which shouldn’t be done, an expectation that you shouldn’t need outside help with your mental health.
Going to a therapist is like going to a doctor, some people go more than necessary, some people go as necessary and some people refuse to go despite mounting evidence of its need. When it comes to mental health I’ve never heard of a country whose citizens are getting too much help, in fact I doubt there’s a country where mental health is given enough attention. The question isn’t “Why do Americans go see therapists so much” its “why are other people so unwilling to go to a therapist”. I suspect it might be a cultural thing; Americans love to go to doctors.