I knew of PPD and PPA but never knew that this was a “real” thing. Until I was living it. But I was a clear textbook case of PPOCD and when I met with an amazing therapist who specializes in Postpartum and Infertility, the risk factors were glaring… Now what would have happened if I knew that prior to having my little miracle. Maybe when it came on suddenly I would have not reacted so terrified. Why isn’t this explained and educated to all pregnant mother’s. Knowledge is power, but we must be proactive about the awareness. Instead we are reactive once it is too late.
Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed of the perinatal disorders. You do not have to be diagnosed with OCD to experience these common symptoms of perinatal anxiety. It is estimated that as many as 3-5% of new mothers and some new fathers will experience these symptoms. The repetitive, intrusive images and thoughts are very frightening and can feel like they come “out of the blue.” Research has shown that these images are anxious in nature, not delusional, and have very low risk of being acted upon.It is far more likely that the parent with this symptom takes steps to avoid triggers and avoid what they fear is potential harm to the baby.
With love and gratitude,