Can a Chatbot Replace a Therapist? Apparently, It Can


Can a Chatbot Replace a Therapist? Apparently, It Can

Illustration: Shruti Yatam/Arré


he idea of visiting a therapist came to me in the second year of college. I knew something was off. I was going through the motions of my day without really registering them. I was meeting all deadlines, doing okay in class, meeting friends and family, and everything about me seemed “normal”. Yet on the inside, I was completely lost. It felt like I had lost a spark; I was emotionally drained and very quiet. I felt that my peers were doing far better than me in every sphere of life, and that I wasn’t good enough. I had dreamed of studying English at Hindu College, Delhi University since I was in Class 10, and missed out on it, while everyone was happy in their perfect lives (or so it seemed).

I’d sit in class, stare blankly at the teachers for an hour until the lecture got over. It was simply moving from one thing to the next, but I wasn’t really registering anything, as if I’d let go of the reins of my life. It was a kind of going with the flow, but for me, I wasn’t going anywhere.