Therapy used to have the stigma that it was only for seriously "messed up" people. And though some of those feelings still exist, the stereotype is slowly being left behind. According to a 2004 survey from Psychology Today, more than 27 percent of American adults (approximately 59 million people) received mental health treatment in the two years before.
What every therapist wants you to know is that it's OK to see a therapist (and not just because their job depends on it), as it's highly encouraged to treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD and specific phobias before they take over your life. It's never too early and never too late. Here are five ways everyone can benefit from seeing a therapist.