Male postpartum depression is a condition among new fathers usually within the first year their child is born. About 10.4% of new dads experience postpartum depression. Many men report feeling confused, exhausted, helpless, alone and trapped. They feel that they are not ready for fatherhood and often feel lost within the first year. A lot of men may not realize that they are depressed. Since our culture expects men to be strong and masculine, it is often hard for men to come to terms with their emotional side and express how they really feel. Most cases of male postpartum depression go untreated because many health providers are unaware of the subtleties. If not treated properly postpartum depression can lead to problems in one’s marriage, child development, and well-being.
I feel that there is a big connection between belief and healing. As we have seen in in our lectures and the film, “Placebo: Cracking the Code”, the placebo effect plays a huge role in ones path to healing from a certain disease or illness. Placebos have no known therapeutic effects but if we believe that a placebo can reduce pain and cure a disease you are more likely to be in less pain. It is remarkable how we can trick our mind into thinking we are cured by a placebo and it goes to show how powerful our minds really are. A personal experience that I had with the placebo effect was when I was six years old. I had coughing and breathing problems for weeks and after about a month my parents took me to the doctors to see what was wrong with me. The doctors didn’t find anything wrong with me and said I was completely fine. My doctor prescribed me a placebo inhaler to use (which I didn’t know at the time) and after a week of using the inhaler, my coughing and breathing problems were almost gone. It is crazy how you can also think that you are sick when really you might not be.