Who should see a therapist?

THERE used to be a joke about therapy: In Australia, if you see a therapist, people think you're mad. In America, if you don't, people think you're poor.

The following are the people can really benefit from therapy: people who want optimal relationships with their partners, children, parents, bosses, friends, neighbors and, most importantly, themselves; and people surviving the death of a loved one, dealing with a crisis abuse, obesity, career, gambling, drugs, alcohol, or lifestyle change or sports, school or job performance.

Wouldn't it be easier to just pop a pill?

You should think of antidepressants as a final option. Sure, they can be useful, But they also come with the potential for side effects, including insomnia, weight gain, and sexual problems. And they're already overprescribed in the United States: A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reported that nearly 70 percent of people taking antidepressants did not meet the criteria for clinical depression. A therapist can help you develop strategies and coping skills to overcome negative thought patterns and destructive behaviors. Remember, "Pills don't teach skills."