How Reddit Became The Internet’s Therapist

Users have been confessing their darkest secrets and deepest pains on the controversial website for years—now, they’re offering emotional support

Two years ago, Max Stolfe was in a dark place. He had just transferred to a new college in New York, and he was struggling to keep up with the workload. He had, by his own account, one friend. After years in and out of therapy, he didn’t have much to show for it, and no one to turn to with his hopelessness. So he did the only thing he could think to do: He posted on Reddit.

“I'm not sure if this is a rant or a cry for help,” he wrote, explaining that he felt like “no one really cares about me,” and “I don't know what to do.”

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