Treatments for TV’s most compellingly mental characters


UCLA-affiliated psychiatrist Paul Puri diagnoses and prescribe treatments for TV’s most compellingly mental characters.

Character Name: Louie
Diagnosis: Mild depression, compartmentalization, self-sabotaging tendencies.
Symptoms: Suppressing parts of his personality, difficulty connecting with others, mild anger issues.
Recommended Medication: A low dose of antidepressants for a trial period.
Recommended Therapy: Role-playing as part of a broader program of psychotherapy. “He might rehearse different scenarios and tease out the things that he does to sabotage his relationships.”

Character Name: Hannah Horvath
Diagnosis: Anxiety disorder.
Symptoms: Excessive worry, low self-esteem, irrational thinking.
Recommended Medication: SSRI antidepressants.
Recommended Therapy: “She’s already journaling. She could journal about thought distortions when she notices she’s having them and apply rational thinking.”

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1 thought on “Treatments for TV’s most compellingly mental characters”

  1. Interesting! Also, just to know whether to be disapproving or not, is “mental” used in the title as an adjective, or “mental characters” as a noun for the said fictional would-be patients. if the latter, that’s okay 🙂

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