Ted Lasso returned for its third season earlier this month. I, like most people, devoured the first two seasons. It was a staple during the pandemic because it gave happiness and hope and joy when the world needed it.
It is entertaining, filled with joy and hilarious.
More than that, it celebrates and acknowledges mental health in a way that other shows have not. Ted himself may be the best depiction of mental health and how we treat it. He is incredibly optimistic, kind and joyful. This is sometimes frustrating, because I often wish he’d be more assertive when people are mean to him. But, as we spend more time with Ted, we learn more about his history. We learn that he has been through a lot that has made him who he is.
His lesson after his father’s suicide is to treat people better. But, in the scene everyone loves, he truly embodies the phrase “kill them with kindness.”
The panic attacks, though, are where the show really earned my appreciation. The show handled the attack beautifully; it is a terrifying experience. Even if you know about a panic attack on an intellectual level, it is terrifying. Here are just some of the DSM-5 criteria:
Abrupt surge of fear or intense discomfort peaking in minutes
Shortness of breath or feelings of choking
Feeling dizzy or light-headed
Chills or heat
Detached from reality