W4 Reflection: Male Postpartum Depression

W4 Reflection: Male Postpartum Depression

Depression suffered by a father following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of mental changes, psychological adjustment to fatherhood, and fatigue. The more sensitive and involved in the child bearing process the more severe the Male Postpartum Depression can be. The emotional roller coaster of feeling that are felt by the father are more intense because examples of the feelings can be, but not limited to confused, exhausted, helpless, alone and trapped. The most common treatments used are antidepressants and consulting the male to better help him to adjust to the life change. In most cultures the female has a better support system than a male and its easier for a mother to ask for emotional support than the father. As I quote from the article.

” If so many dads were experiencing it then why didn’t I know about it? It’s well known that men tend to avoid talking about things that might make them appear weak, and our culture tends to discourage men from disclosing their feelings, but it is not well known that men tend to display depression in ways that are uniquely male. Many men don’t relate to the classic descriptors of depression such as feeling sad or crying. Cynicism, impulsiveness, indecisiveness, working constantly and losing interest in sex are just a few of the symptoms of male depression that may surprise you. Many health practitioners are unaware of the subtleties of male depression and it often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.”

Thinking of the “Placebo: Cracking the Code” I think using a Placebo would help most males in the recovery and adjustment to a normal state, well as normal as you can get with having a child in your life. The mental part of this as stated in the video is a strong tool and with the proper help could solve the MPD issue.

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