The book I am reading and the patient cases described therein made me think of all the people whom I have met through the years, mostly in academia, who have had mental or behavioral health issues. I don't know if academia is rife with mental health problems or whether it is better or worse than any other industry, but I know I have met quite a few people who might have or actually have benefited from some form of therapy.
After my BS, I taught physics part-time at a high school for the kids gifted in math and science. It was an elite school in my home country and the kids were unbelievably bright. It was a pressure cooker, and every year several students would have breakdowns and have to leave school. I had one such student in one of my classes, it was really heartbreaking...
Shortly after I had begun grad school in the US, I witnessed a professor undergo a breakdown following separation from spouse. This was the first manic episode of this professor, who was subsequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been controlling the condition with medication reasonably well ever since.
My best friend from grad school, whose cubicle was next to mine, was treated for anxiety and depression during grad school. I often wanted to tell him that maybe his body was trying to tell him that this program was not for him, which I really thought at the time. He had come from being very successful in a career where structure and hierarchy and orders were sacrosanct, into graduate school, where he worked for the world's most hands-off advisor on a project that was very open-ended and quite complicated... He did persevere and eventually graduated, currently doing great in industry.
Very recently, a former visiting scientist sent several cryptic, incoherent emails. Upon exchanging a few emails with his former advisors, it appeared that similar emails were sent to all the scientist's acquaintances. He had a breakdown brought on by too much stress and too little sleep for too long, and he became manic. I don't know what the future will hold for him.
A dear colleague from another department left his tenure track position after only two years. Having spiraled into deep depression, he finally sought and received help, left the job for which he had felt poorly suited and found one that seems to make him much happier.
Academics move a lot and are usually very far from a strong support network of close friends and family. The job is stressful, replete with rejection and with few affirmations. In many fields, job prospects are mediocre to bleak, yet personal sacrifices are often great. So people suffer.
Do academics go to therapy? I am sure someone somewhere has studied this phenomenon seriously, but that does not mean we cannot do a poll. If you are in academia (e.g. graduate student, postdoc, professor, research scientist, instructor/lecturer) or were in the past (in which case answer for the time when you were in academia):