Massachusetts General Hospital

What men can gain from therapy

Harvard Health Blog

Speaking for my gender, there are two qualities that define most men: We seldom like to ask for help, and we do not like to talk about our feelings. Combining the two -- asking for help about our feelings -- is the ultimate affront to many men's masculinity.

We like to think of ourselves as strong, problem-solver types. But when it comes to emotional and mental issues, men need to quit trying to bottle up their feelings and tough it out, says Darshan Mehta, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "Your mental health is equally as important as your physical...