Frequent commenter Retriever has a post at her site about therapy for the severely mentally ill versus therapy for the worried well. She also touches on how blithely folks can talk about male unemployment in a related context. I greatly agree. Most especially, I agree with her general observation that psychiatrists have served her family better than other uh, helping professionals. I have known some terrible, damaging, and scary psychiatrists, but most of them are good. Plus, the percentages of pathological people are even higher in the other disciplines. And as for the un-disciplines, the people who think they have the bestest advice for your problems, beware.
There's a swift kick at Dr. Phil, too, for those of you who like that sort of thing.