Harvard Men's Health Watch

What a therapist can do for you

Many men resist talking about their problems, but there are times when it's necessary.

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Men often like to think of themselves as the strong, problem-solver type who never needs help, especially when it comes to their emotional and mental issues. But men should never bottle up their feelings and tough it out, according to Dr. Darshan Mehta, 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 health and proper nutrition. Not addressing negative feelings can carry over to all aspects of your life and have a profound impact," he says.

Men can benefit the most from professional help when negative feelings arise and begin to build up, he adds. "A therapist can help identify the source of your problems and then help resolve them."

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