For my reflection post this week, I chose to explore male postpartum depression. I myself did not know this existed, so I figured it was a good topic to elaborate on. Male postpartum depression is experienced by about 10% of new fathers once their child is born. The stresses of raising a baby can build up and lead to serious depression in men. As we learned in class, many times it is important for an individual feeling ill to take some time off and regain their health. Well, parenthood in a nonstop 24/7 job that you cannot take a break from. We live in a stigmatized society; what is the correct method to approach a certain situation and what is not according to a predetermined norm. The stresses to live up to all these societal stigmas, while known to effect women, also affect men. Most men want to be a good father and be there for their kids. But, as stated in the article “Depression In Men: A Dad’s Story of Male Postpartum Depression,” “un-fatherly” feelings may happen, making a man doubt his abilities. This is okay and something that is very normal. Similar to postpartum depression in women, men cannot play the sick role either.
I believe there is a correlation between belief and healing. Many examples from the movie “Placebo: Cracking the Code” proved that the power of belief can increase an individuals health. Whether it is belief in a pill that an individual believes will make them better or their belief in a higher power and miracles, the mind is our strongest drug and healer. If an individual believes they will get better, they have a higher chance of feeling healthier. From the video, placebos help release endorphins in your brain. An example from my life is that when I have a headache or any other type of pain in my body, I don’t take any medicine. Instead, I try to convince myself that the pain is in my head or that if I just drink some water, the pain will go away. This little trick works for me a majority of the time I have any pain.