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Male Postnatal Depression - a sign of equality or a load of nonsense?

Storylines on popular TV dramas are a great way of raising the public's awareness of a disease. They're almost as effective as a celebrity contracting an illness. For example, when Wiggles member Greg Page quit the group because of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, I had a spate of patients, mostly young and female, coming in with self-diagnosed "Wiggles Disease". A 30% increase in the number of mammograms in the under-40s was attributed to Kylie Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis. The list goes on. Thanks to a storyline on the TV drama Desperate Housewives, I received questions about male postnatal depression from local housewives desperate for information: "Does it really exist?" "I thought postnatal depression was to do with hormones, so how can males get it?" "First it's male menopause, now it's male postnatal depression. Why can't they keep their grubby mitts off our conditions?" "It's like that politically correct crap about a 'couple' being pregnant. 'We' weren't pregnant, 'I' was. His contribution was five seconds of ecstasy and I was landed with nine months of morning sickness, tiredness, stretch marks and sore boobs!" One of my patients, a retired hospital matron now in her 90s, had quite a few words to say on the subject. "Male postnatal depression -- what rot! The women's liberation movement started insisting on equality and now the men are getting their revenge. You know, dear, it all began going downhill for women when they started letting fathers into the labour wards. How can a man look at his wife in the same way if he has seen a blood-and-muck-covered baby come out of her … you know? Men don't really want to be there. They just think they should -- it's a modern expectation. Poor things have no real choice." Before I had the chance to express my paucity of empathy she continued to pontificate. "Modern women just don't understand men. They are going about it the wrong way. Take young couples who live with each other out of wedlock and share all kind of intimacies. I'm not talking about sex; no, things more intimate than that, like bathroom activities, make-up removal, shaving, and so on." Her voice dropped to a horrified whisper. "And I'm told that some young women don't even shut the door when they're toileting. No wonder they can't get their de facto boyfriends to marry them. Foolish girls. Men need some mystery. Even when you're married, toileting should definitely be kept private." I have mixed feelings about male postnatal depression. I have no doubt that males can develop depression after the arrival of a newborn into the household; however, labelling it "postnatal depression" doesn't sit all that comfortably with me. I'm all for equality, but the simple fact of the matter is that males and females are biologically different, especially in the reproductive arena, and no amount of political correctness or male sharing-and-caring can alter that. Depressed fathers need to be identified, supported and treated, that goes without saying, but how about we leave the "postnatal" tag to the ladies? As one of my female patients said: "We are the ones who go through the 'natal'. When the boys start giving birth, then they can be prenatal, postnatal or any kind of natal they want!" (This blog post has been adapted from a column first published in Australian Doctor  
Dr Genevieve Yates
over 4 years ago

Window to the Brain

Anatomy and pathology of the nervous system is understood by directly visualizing it. This is best accomplished by handling the brain (or model of the brain as the case may be) and dissecting or taking it apart for direct examination. The purpose (for the clinician) of understanding neuroanatomy and neurophysiology is to be able to use that knowledge to solve clinical problems. The first step in solving a clinical problem is anatomical localization. So, if one cannot directly inspect the patient's brain, how is this localization accomplished? The "window" to the patient's brain is the neurological examination. The neuro exam is a series of tests and observations that reflects the function of various parts of the brain. If the exam is approached in a systematic and logical fashion that is organized in terms of anatomical levels and systems then the clinician is lead to the anatomical location of the patient's problem.  
Neurologic Exam
almost 8 years ago


Guide to doing an opthalmoscopy by the clinical skills tutors at the University of Liverpool  
almost 6 years ago

Anatomy Of The Teres Major Muscle - Everything You Need To Know

Educational video describing the anatomy of the Teres Major muscle. Become a friend on facebook: Follow me on twitter: htt...
over 3 years ago
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ANS Drugs - Mind Map

Julia Marr
over 4 years ago

The Biology of Nitric Oxide - Genysis Nutritional Labs - Part 1 of 3 - Dr. Joseph Giacalone with Genysis Nutritional Labs begins his three-part lecture on "The Biology of Nitric Oxide".  
over 4 years ago

HOW TO DRINK FROM A FIRE-HOSE WITHOUT DROWNING – Successful study strategies in medical school courses

If you're not happy with your performance, the most likely culprit is your study strategies. The material presented in medical school is not conceptually more difficult than many rigorous undergraduate courses, but the volume flow rate of information per hour and per day is much greater – it has frequently been described as “drinking from a fire-hose.”
about 4 years ago

Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Procedure Demonstration

As a junior doctor/medical student the ability to take an Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) is a key skill. In this video we will demonstrate a slick technique to help you get an arterial blood sample.
over 2 years ago

Anatomy Revision of the Upper Limb, Lower Limb & Back

An anatomy revision guide, focused upon the upper limb, lower limb & back. Originally created in 2009 as a study aid for students at Cardiff University School of Medicine, it was substantially updated in 2010, and this Second Edition contains more detailed chapters, particularly with respect to musculature, cross-sections & relevant clinical anatomy. Further information can be found under the Preface & Introduction.  
Nima Razii
over 7 years ago

Protein Digestion and Absorption Support me: Instagram: Twitter: https://twit...  
almost 4 years ago

Week 3 (Part 1) Gastrulation - Medical Embryology

Gastrulation occurs in 3rd week of embryonic development. It's the conversion of bilaminar embryonic germ disk into a trilaminar embryonic germ disk. You'll ...
about 1 year ago

BMJ talk medicine

Listen to BMJ talk medicine | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. London. 1869 Tracks. 5739 Followers. Stream Tracks and Playlists from BMJ talk medicine on your desktop or mobile device.
over 1 year ago

Time Dependent Beta Lactam Mind Map

I made this. I spent a lot of time on it, so I hope it's useful.  
about 3 years ago

The best advice for medical school

While interviewing to be an ophthalmic technician, the Dr. gave me the best advice I've received for medical school. It will help me choose a specialty.  
over 4 years ago

Video podcasting can supplement clinical skills teaching

In this powerpoint presentation the '' team outline why they think video podcasting is an attractive resource to aid the teaching of clinical skills.  
Rhys Clement
almost 9 years ago
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Triangles of the Neck (Visual mnemonic)

There are various triangles of the neck, largely divided by the sternocleidomastoid muscle to form anterior and posterior triangles. Some triangles are more 'important' that others, and this simplified visual mnemonic hopes to emphasises this.  
Sunjay Parmar
over 5 years ago