Postpartum OCD is Serious Business

Postpartum OCD Can Be Serious

postpartum depressionWhen a woman is pregnant and gives birth, her body undergoes a great deal of hormonal changes. This can result in a number of problems, the most commonly known being postpartum depression. However, there are a large number of women who suffer from postpartum OCD. This is a serious condition that needs treatment.

When a woman has postpartum OCD, she becomes overly concerned that something will happen to her child. Her mind becomes filled with “what if..” types of questions. She worries that she or someone else may harm the child. She becomes obsessed with worry that something will go wrong. This can lead her to take unnecessary precautions to protect the new child.

Postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder is not the same as postpartum psychosis where women actually do harm to her children or others. In fact, she becomes obsessed with making certain that she does not do anything harmful. She may avoid household items such as knives, for fear of harming the child. They may not allow others to hold the child and become overly concerned about having the baby around staircases or other situations where the child could become injured.

While the condition typically is diagnosed in new mothers, new fathers may also have similar experiences. He may become obsessed about making certain that everything the child is exposed to is free from germs. Additionally, he may not want other people to be in the household. Some men may spend an excessive amount of time cleaning the home or performing other tasks to ensure the safety of the child.

If a person is suffering from postpartum OCD, it is important that they seek treatment from a professional that understands how serious the condition is. The therapist can work with the individual to retrain their thought patterns. In some cases, it may be necessary to prescribe medications for a short period of time while the obsessive thoughts are being treated.

Having a new child is a joyous and beautiful experience. However, postpartum OCD can make the time more stressful. If you believe you are experiencing excessive thoughts of being overprotective and worry, you may need to seek professional help. There is no shame in having this condition. Though it is serious, it can be treated. This will allow the new parents to focus on the joys of having a new child. Seek help today if you have postpartum OCD.

see video from Dr Christina Hibbert on Postpartum Depression and OCD

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