Paternal Post-partum

According to Cohen, postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression that a woman experience after giving birth to a child or up to a year later. In the blog titled Depression in Men:A Dad’s Story of Male Postpartum Depression, a man name Craig described his experience with postpartum depression. Craig stated that during the first year of caring for his child, he felt depressed, confused, exhausted, and alone. He stated that one day he became extremely overwhelmed and resented his child. In addition, Craig was ashamed until he learned that other dads were experiencing the same depression. Paternal postpartum depression is very controversial because of how society views parenting and men. Society view women as the significant caregiver and men as the breadwinner. Also, in our society men are strong and do not express their emotions, which is why it is hard to believe that paternal postpartum depression is a real disorder. Most men may feel the same way as Craig, but will not express their feelings to family members or friends because of their pride and how people may judge them. If more men were honest about their feelings, paternal postpartum depression would become more realistic to society. Moreover, the blog described how paternal depression can affect marriages and child development.

I believe that it is a very strong correlation between belief and healing. The trials presented in the placebo video is proof that belief have a significant effect on healing. The video presented a placebo trial for crippling knee pain. The surgeon performed placebo surgeries and regular surgeries on patients suffering from knee pain. A patient that received the placebo surgery stated that before the surgery he had to use a cane to walk, but after the surgery he could walk fine and play basketball with his family.

Cohen LS, Wang B, Nonacs R, et al, “Treatment of mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum,” Psychiatr Clin North Am 2 (2010):273-93.

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