Paternal Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a form of depression that affects parents specifically after their child is born. While this form of depression is most commonly associated with mothers, there is also a chance of the father getting postpartum depression, which many people are unaware of. According to Pilyoung Kim and James E. Swain, research has been done on men getting postpartum depression has been done over the past 50 years and it has revealed how biology and environmental factors have affected postpartum depression in men. The symptoms of paternal postpartum depression are the same as those that mothers get with postpartum depression and consist of sad moods, loss in interest in virtually all activities, significant gain or loss in weight, fatigue, thoughts of death, and many other symptoms.

There is quite a bit of controversy that surrounds paternal postpartum depression due to that fact that so many people are unaware that this condition affects men along with women. In society, many people view the father as being the provider and the mother as being the primary care giver. Men are viewed as being stronger than women and doing a better job at not expressing their emotions, so when men develop postpartum depression, they are looked down upon and thought of as weak for being so vulnerable. Due to this, the occurrence of postpartum depression is hidden among those with the disorder in order to prevent society from judging them. This is directly correlated with the lack of knowledge about men having postpartum depression. Many men continue to suffer from this depression and allow it to worsen rather than seek help and risk having their pride damaged.

I do believe that there is a strong relationship between belief and healing. In the film “Cracking the Code,” it was shown how placebos are used to test the effectiveness of drugs and it also showed how placebos show how belief and healing are related. When a person is testing a drug, it is not uncommon for a person that is receiving the placebo to begin seeing improvements when in reality they aren’t even taking the actual medicine. These people believe that they will see improvements, because they think they should see improvements, and sure enough a difference in symptoms can be seen. This example shows how receptive our minds are to the things we desire and how it can manipulate our perception on the symptoms being experienced.


Pilyoung Kim and James E. Swain. “Sad Dads Paternal Postpartum Depression.” 2007 February. Accessed July 25, 2014.

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