X needs therapy

X needs therapy

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Updated Aug 12, 2010 at 05:05PM EDT by AJ Mazur.

Added Sep 08, 2009 at 03:19AM EDT by devadatta.

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X Needs Therapy is a YTMND fad based upon the song Frontier Psychiatrist by The Avalanches, off their 2000 album Since I Left You.

Song Background

In November of 2000, the Australian DJ collective The Avalanches released the album Since I Left You, which contained the hit Frontier Psychiatrist. The year after, a music video was made featuring a narrative, but it was replaced in a few months by another video that rather showed the odd content of the lyrics making it a lot crazier and incoherent:

The lyrics to the song can be found here. The song contained samples from a certain movie in which a character (possibly a doctor) says the phrase “That boy needs therapy”, which is what this YTMND fad stems off of.


On December 24, 2005, YTMND user syncan created the site Tom Cruise Needs Therapy, in which Cruise’s face was photoshopped onto Jake Gyllenhaal’s face from the popular movie Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal holds a knife during a thunderstorm in the gif used in the site, while Scientology crosses were photoshopped to flash in the background to reflect Cruise’s beliefs. The loop from Frontier Psychiatrist (which can be heard at approximately 2:21 in the above video) is playing in the background, wherein the doctor states “That boy needs therapy” and another voice says “You’re a nut! You’re crazy in the coconut!” Many sites were made in the same format of the original, wherein the character who “needs therapy” is standing in the same position during a thunderstorm, while a logo representing the character flashes in the background, while others just used images of people who appear to be going mad.

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The increased interest in the second half of 2005 seems to coincide with the video first appearing on YouTube as well as the start of the YTMND fad.

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