Don't judge a social media page by its likes. Sometimes the best content comes from the smallest creators. But just as good books can have beautiful covers, so can big accounts share quality material. Plus, if we're talking about relatability, the sum of its fans can actually be a good indicator of a project's success.

Ran by Nicole Argiris and sisters Lola, Gina, and Nora Tash, My Therapist Says is an Instagram account with 7.2 million followers that shares both aggregated and original memes about pretty much every aspect of everyday life. From modern relationship problems to struggles at work and the inability to cope with anxiety, it's all there!

Since its creation in 2015, My Therapist Says has shared thousands of hilariously accurate jokes, so in an effort to save a little bit of your time, we at Bored Panda went through its feed and hand-picked a selection of our favorite uploads. Enjoy!

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#1

Thx For Adopting Me @mybestiesays

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Daria B
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As an introvert, I disagree. Extroverts are just too busy for me.

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#2

But Mostly The Latter @brennan.caldwell

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Vicky Z
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where do we sign up??? We are a lot that approve!!

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The name of this account implies it centers around mental health bent to the jokes, but it offers more than that. Many are more relatable gags about being a stressed young adult who struggles but somehow manages to continue with life.

According to Lola and Nicole, the account is "one of the fastest-growing aggregate Instagram accounts in history," climbing to 500,000 followers in its first six months. They also say it was the biggest meme account on Instagram to be run anonymously, until they introduced themselves to their fans and the internet.

At first, they didn't want to give away their identities in an attempt to avoid the criticism that women often face when they make jokes about how messy they feel. Only their mothers knew they ran the account. Both women even made their personal Instagram accounts private when they started My Therapist Says and don't post on them anymore. Their Facebook pages were made private too. They have given up on virtually all online presence outside of their memes.

#3

Like What Are You Guys On?!?? @mybestiesays

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Vicky Z
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm scared of the first ones to be honest! They are capable of anything!

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#4

This Meme Was Brought To You From ✨bed✨ @molls

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Luther von Wolfen
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My house. I have this about my house. I'm in my house and I'm "This is my house and I can do anything and there's nobody here but the cats and I can throw them out the window if they bother me."

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Lola and Nicole met about 17 years ago in their hometown of Toronto and have been best friends ever since. After high school when Lola started spending long stints in Los Angeles picking up small acting gigs and Nicole was busy studying psychology at the University of Western Ontario, they started sending each other a lot of memes.

"The account just kind of came about as a way for us to keep in contact," Nicole told Cosmopolitan.

The name of their project isn't random. Both of them have been in therapy for years. Lola has what she calls "crippling shyness" and Nicole suffers from anxiety. "Every time I would talk to Nicole, I was like, 'My therapist said this,' and she'd say, 'No, I said that,'" Lola explained. "And I'm like, 'Well, you are basically my therapist, so.'"

#6

My Presence Is A Present @mybestiesays

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madbakes
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is it. This is now my aspiration in life.

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Their memes reflect common complaints they make to each other (as well as their real therapists) about their anxiety-prone twentysomething lives: aggressive crush texting, impulsive shopping, canceling plans in order to sleep.

But Dr. Jaclyn Cravens-Pickens, a licensed marriage and family therapy associate who does not know Lola or Nicole scrolled through the account and told Cosmopolitan, "I'm not sure I see memes about mental health issues ... or anything that really reflects what I, as a therapist, say to my clients."

But something in the content did connect with Instagrammers who deal with anxiety and depression, and many followers began opening up in DMs and comment sections under the memes about their own problems.

#10

Oops @mybestiesays

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September
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For me that's not toxic, it's just retirement 😃

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#11

*sunday Scaries Have Entered The Chat*

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Eppe
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Relaxing is an essential part of being productive. I'm still integrating that knowledge myself.

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"In the past, older generations have shown disdain at our preoccupation with our phones and our online lives, but during a pandemic, it's been an advantage to us to have this online presence solidified," Nicole explained to Daily Mail.

She said that millennials and Gen Z "have such a powerful online community where it's normalized and encouraged to seek help," which was an advantage going into quarantine.

"When we're all stuck at home, we feel less alone, as the initial shock was less pronounced for us given how intertwined our social lives already were with social media."

#13

Don’t Call Me Beep Me If You Wanna Reach Me @myrealitysays

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#16

Ruff Life
@cottoncandaddy

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Ellie J
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My dog likes to stare at me and cry for the hour before her dinner time. She's channeling her inner Karen

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Lola said that the idea to publicly talk about mental health would legitimize the advice they themselves had received to the point where they would have to take it.

"This new generation, however, is so open and verbose on all things we used to deem inaccessible or unapproachable," she said. "I think it's going to do a lot of good for people in the long run, not having to feel ashamed or ostracized for feeling, or being, a certain way."

#18

Being Tired Is Just Part Of My Personality At This Point @mybestiesays

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Pheebs
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait, people have experienced “not sleepy” at some point in their life?

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Lola said that "laughter is a powerful thing," adding that humorizing and satirizing a mental health issue helps "take away its power over you." And she's not alone. A few months ago, for example, we covered a social media manager who said making silly comics about his depression and anxiety have helped him tremendously in dealing with them.

Throughout the pandemic, the women behind My Therapist Says have shared and created quite many memes about quarantine, online dating, and Zoom calls, but they admitted there was an added pressure to not cross the line during a year that was clouded in tragedy.

"Each day was a fog of uncertainty, of worry, of what news tomorrow might bring — but we knew we had a responsibility to find the lightness amidst the dark," Nora said. "We certainly felt entitled to our own grief and confusion, but it was almost therapeutic trying to alleviate other people's worry with memes so as not to focus on our own."

#21

Taking The High Road @theseanodonnell

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athornedrose
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

omg where do i get this on a business card for handing out in everyday life?

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#22

Setting The Tone For The New Year @pradahag

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Laura Mende (Human)
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That would make sense. With all the firework, nobody will hear the screams... That sounds creepy, but is perfect!

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#23

Why 👏🏻 Am 👏🏻 I 👏🏻 Like 👏🏻 This 👏🏻

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Vicky Z
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Why did i say this stupid thing on 29 September 2002"?

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In October, the gang published their first self-help book, titled My Therapist Says: Advice You Should Probably (Not) Follow, which they wrote in collaboration with — guess who? — their therapists.

"Our therapists were incredibly involved in the writing of this book, not only with the lessons they imparted on us, but the advice they took the time to give out as they heard some of the questions we were being messaged," Nora said.

#25

Wait Wut @aly__dixon

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Scagsy
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. You've found her. She is the one.

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#26

There’s No In Between @mypuppysays

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william mcgloin
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Person- "We can play keep-away, or we can play fetch. Which will it be?" Dog- "Oh, no... We play both. Now throw me this ball in my mouth."

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#27

Thriving ✨ @sinkintothis

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Each of the women contributed to the book and incorporated different aspects of their lives, but it's written in a singular voice to make it more cohesive.

"We decided to create this character, an alias almost, that embodied fractions of us all to make this wonderfully flawed whole who people could resonate with," Lola said.

Just like their memes, this book covers the ins and outs of almost every area of one person's life!

#28

Thx @myrealitysays

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Mistralok
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sure. I'll bring some for myself as well and we can curl up together and play snugglebunny.

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#29

*knees Crack*

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athornedrose
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i don't. i am 31 and old. i want to apologize to people that society has made feel that their natural aging process is bad or undesirable

Rebekah Krause
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

30 is not old. Your brain just finished developing about 5 years ago. You have not been around as long as Bart Simpson, and he is like 10. You have more than your lifetime to go before you can even get a discount on coffee at McDonalds. 30 is not even kind of old, and normal aging is not old at 30. Sheesh.

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Rei
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In grade 1 I thought how grown up those sixth graders are. 😂😂😂

Tobias the Tiger
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought the same thing. And then as soon as I got to 7th grade, I thought 6th graders were basically 6 year olds.

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Daniel Marsh
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact: We get old older now. When Cheers started, Norm and Cliffy were 33 and 34 years old.

Rose Romano
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9 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Apology accepted. Wait until you get old enough to think a 30-year-old is a child. I'm 70 years old and I don't care one way or the other. It just weirds me out some times when I notice that every day there are more adults who are younger than I am. (If I had a dime for every time a stranger in the street offered to carry my groceries for me . . .)

Eiram
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just hit 40 and I look 30, and I am "healthier" than I was at 20, less stressed than I was at 15, and more childlike than I was at 10, less abused than I was at 5. So my life seems to be going backwards.

SeamusRGN
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

dont apologise. double down. make the retirement age 45

BC_Animus
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like I keep telling people, it's all downhill from age 10...

Linny H
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't worry all you 30 something's! All of us 58 year olds thought the same when we were your age. What you don't know is that it's freaking nice being in your Jammie's and watching antiques roadshow at 8:00. You'll hate it when you "have to go to a party" .

SCamp
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I was first grade primary school I legit thought the Grade 6 kids were full blown adults

Jarrod Nichols
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9 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Save some of your angst. it gets worse

Mazer
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s a step in the right direction for whatever reason. Older than you people can be a treasure chest of goodness.

Miles Mawyer
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a kid call me "old man" derogatively recently. My reply: "I'm 42. Are you not planning to make it to 42?" 😂 It's so ridiculous to insult someone's age, like it's not going to happen to you. You generally WANT to grow old.

Eppe
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a process that keep repeating itself every decade.

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#35

*curtsies*
@the_drake_gatsby

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Monday
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pfft I'm not depressed at all! It's super easy to just be happy. Just look at all the great things in life! Yup, no depression for me, only a healthy dose of denial!

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#37

Love This For Us! @mytherapisthelps

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william mcgloin
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey BP, your censor fell asleep on the f*****g job! Oh, never mind... He's back

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#39

It All Started The Day I Was Born @libby_grant1

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william mcgloin
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How long does it really take to say "Life sux, and I suck at life." If it helps, it'll be over soon enough.

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#40

And Just Like That @myrealitysays

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