Some of the most entertaining recurring faces on BuzzFeed Video's YouTube Channel are the Try Guys: four dudes who will take on anything from dressing in drag to enduring prostate exams.
While all of their adventures involve putting themselves out of their comfort zones in one way or another, their latest video, in which they go to group therapy, is perhaps one of their most daring to date. It didn't include the need for over-the-top theatrics or to endure physical pain, but it required all of them to drop any pretense and discuss issues head-on.
The video was created as part of BuzzFeed's Mental Health Week: a bold initiative that seeks to erase the stigma of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and more. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, and professional therapy may be able to help in a lot of these cases, but there are still a lot of misconceptions about what the process is like or what it means for those who are going through it. By trying it out for themselves, the Try Guys dispel a lot of the mystery of what therapy is really about.
While most of the group was open to what Dr. Jenn had to say, Eugene was a bit more apprehensive.
"Why should I pay someone to talk to me when I could just talk to someone?" he asked.
It's a valid question that many people have, as good therapists don't come cheap and having an appointment just to talk about things can seem like more trouble than it's worth.
The benefit, Dr. Jenn explains, is that a licensed therapist doesn't have a personal agenda the way family or friends might have. While it might be easy to discuss difficult topics with a best friend, they could say things that provide false positive reinforcements or otherwise candy coat the truth.
The format for the session was pretty simple. Each of the guys talked about what they consider to be one of their most annoying habits and got feedback from the others about it. When each explores why it is that they act like that, they reveal secrets the group didn't know before and show how beneficial therapy can really be.
Check out their session here:
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