I'm always really confused by people when they are told by their parents that they need to see a shrink when they got caught. I always saw it as a good thing, but people always react like it's a god-awful thing. One recent thread said it was an "extreme measure", which I thought was bizarre. It seems perfectly reasonable for a parent to want their kid to see a shrink if they are doing something like this. This isn't normal. That's not to say it's bad, just that it's something that, for a parent, makes sense to get checked out, to make sure there isn't something more serious going on.
For the most part, shrinks recognize that it is not harmful, and that the important thing is to keep it private. From what I've heard, they usually side against the parents and say that it can't be "fixed", but that it doesn't hurt anybody, so just live and let live.
I keep getting this feeling that people think that shrinks only deal with insane people, which is just patently false. To me, that's like saying the only reason to see a doctor is surgery.
So... what exactly is the problem with seeing a professional?