Many people are under the false impression that only women experience postpartum depression. However, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that 26 percent of new dads experience postpartum depression three to six months after their baby is born. They become withdrawn, anxious, rarely sleep, and overall do not feel as pleased about the new addition as they once were. It is an unfortunate condition to deal with because it can also negatively affect the baby too. Because postpartum depression is typically tied to women, culture can cause an adverse illness experience in men. According to society today, men are supposed to uphold a ‘tough’ image and be there to comfort mom and baby when they are crying. But when males are the ones crying and ‘shattering’ their strong exterior, they probably feel confused and shameful, thus leading them to forgo opening up about it and seeking treatment. From a biomedical perspective, men are also at a disadvantage. It is typically assumed that the varying hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy are what cause postpartum depression in women. As a result of that, treatments including hormone therapy exist for women…but what about men? The article explains that men ALSO undergo hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy/birth, such as a decrease in testosterone. However, some men who do seek help are just brushed off by doctors.
Healing doesn’t just involve medicine, it requires positive thoughts and attitudes and believing that you can and will get better. You have to will yourself to heal with the power of the mind. Just like you can make yourself feel sick or in pain, you can make yourself better. In “Placebo: Cracking the Code,” researchers try to figure out the phenomenon that is the placebo effect. Doctors even performed a placebo surgery for those with knee problems and found that their patients actually improved. I have OCD and turning my negative thoughts into positive ones and believing that I’d get better has been vital in my treatment. Ultimately, I feel that if someone has the potential for recovery, they can improve vastly if they believe in themselves and maintain a positive attitude throughout their illness experience.
Rosen, Margery. “Sad Dads: Coping with Postpartum Depression.”<i>Parents Magazine,</i> Accessed June 12, 2015. http://www.parents.com/parenting/dads/sad-dads/