A friend of mine in Houston, Texas contacted me in relation to the
article I published on destigmatizing therapy. She is working with a frum family whose daughter
is suffering some kind of attention disorder.In order to proceed with therapy, she had to contact the girl's high school,
but the family was reluctant to allow her to do so, since they did not want the
school to learn about their child’s disorder and treatment.It is not clear whether they were doing so
out of embarrassment and shame over their daughter's condition, or out of fear of
potential consequences from the school administration, which itself may have
prejudices and biases regarding mental illness.
This seems to echo the dilemma I brought up in the article,
namely, on one hand a therapist is bound to protect client confidentiality; on
the other hand, the therapist does not want to reinforce the idea that there is
anything to be ashamed about.