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HIT telly shows featuring therapists are putting people off seeking help, a study has found.

Researchers said counsellors were often portrayed as buffoons such as bumbling Frasier Crane and patients don't want to be identified with a mobster like Tony Soprano.

Psychologists at Iowa University quizzed 369 students on the shows and their attitudes towards psychiatrists.

The impression left with viewers was that you would be "crazy" to seek help.

Researcher Professor Douglas Gentile said of the shows: "These are not positive portrayals."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 3, 2008
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