I have a question. A character of mine is afraid of going to a psychologist but needs one. Because they dont want other people to know they have a mental illness because if they get diagnosed this goes on their medical record. how private is one's mental illness when somebody isnt a private person but a celebrity?
It’s theoretically just as private as it would be for any non-celebrity. Confidentiality is an integral part of the therapeutic relationship - and it’s actually protected by law.
Unless the (adult) character has signed a release that says otherwise, a therapist cannot even confirm or deny someone is their client to other people.
However. That being said. Paparazzi or crazed fans could theoretically follow the celebrity to the therapist’s office. But no good therapist will ever reveal (short of a court order) anything to the public about their adult client without the client’s consent.
This is the policy in the US, at any rate! The Shrink is unsure of confidentiality laws in other countries.