Postpartum Depression is a case of depression where both women (in most cases) and men may experience feelings of confusion, sadness, fatigue, withdrawal, anxiety, as well as a loss of self worth within up to a year after a child is born. Even though it may not seem like men would experience this type of depression, it does affect men as well. The symptoms may differ as men may show more emotion as typically men show less emotion than women, and it may affect their social habits and relationships. There are psychiatric therapies that may help the symptoms as well as antidepressants that can be beneficial as well. Although antidepressants may help, they can create withdrawals after use where some may be better off with a placebo treatment in this sense.
I feel that the treatment and management of PPD varies within each individual, and depending on your lifestyle psychological therapy may be best for most to see if antidepressants or other types of stimulants are necessary. It is becoming more accepting for men to show emotion and not feel scrutinized for having symptoms of PDD.
After viewing the film “Placebo: Cracking the Code” it was interesting to see how effective placebos are as they merely mimic the procedures of healing aids or drugs in order to stimulate a positive effect/response. It shows how receptive our bodies and minds are of such things that we are only anticipating, although I believe that the individual must also have the correct mindset that the placebo will actually help, otherwise it could have negligible effects. Towards the beginning of the film some veterans undergo a placebo where they are not actually being operated on even though they feel that the “operation” has helped them. It is a great display of how certain social aspects can produce a relief, where typically a biomedicine is used.
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