What’s a-poppin? Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran this week at Sherman Oaks High School as they break down Netflix’s hit series, Never Have I Ever. Follow 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar as she navigates grief, trauma, friendships, family and romance.
Drs. Sam and Fran help to explain why Devi’s legs may have “given out.” Spoiler alert: No Ben, she’s not faking it! The doctors also discuss traumatic grief and examine how Devi attempts to contend with the loss of her father, which includes getting attacked by a wild animal and trying to “bone” the hottest guy in school, “Paxton friggin Hall friggin Yoshida.” Maybe not the best coping mechanisms.
In honor of BIPOC/Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we discuss disparities in mental health in underrepresented groups. Specifically, we discuss mental health in the South Asian American population through the lens of Devi. We also briefly share information about the diversity, or lack thereof, of psychologists in the U.S. workforce.
Finally, we break down the portrayal of teenagers in therapy—something with which both docs are very familiar. Can therapists really be as cool as Dr. Ryan? And should you ask your therapist to buy you a thong or alcohol? Listen to this week’s episode to find out. Girl, bye.