When reading the article posted on Paternal Post Partum my intial response was that it was a little far fetched. As I continued to read it however, it became more believable. I do see why some don’t buy into the idea. For one, men probably keep those emotions more to themselves than women do because of the current societal norms. They don’t want to be viewed as dramatic or weak or that they couldn’t handle something that millions of men experience without side effects. Because of this, it can just reinforce the problem because they feel as though they cannot ask for help. Additionally, I found it interesting that in this article they mentioned that maternal and paternal post partum are usually connected. That is to say that if the father is suffering from depression, it is likely that the mother is as well. I think because of this it is possible for many men to be discouraged to admit they have the problem firstly because they don’t want to seem weak in any way. Secondly, they may want to be the one that is emotionally supporting their partner so they don’t want to admit that they are also feeling the same emotions and struggling with being a new parent.
As far as the connection between healing and belief go, I would argue they are closely related. In my personal experience, I have noticed that attitude does make a difference in how a person feels. In the video, “Placebo:Cracking the Code,” this became even more evident. There were multiple examples of placebo’s having positive effects on individual’s and their illnesses. The patient who had a knee surgery that was in fact, a placebo, and who no longer experiences pain shows the importance of outlook in order to heal to the best of one’s ability.