The Fine Line Between Great Parenting and OCD

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What You Need to Know About Postpartum OCD

A maternal instinct can have a dark side: the endless washing, re-washing and sterilizing of their baby’s clothes, the constant checking in on their baby to see if they’re still breathing, and then, experiencing disturbing thoughts of suffocating, stabbing or drowning their baby. These are just some of the scary symptoms mothers with postpartum OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) undergo daily.

If you, or a new mom you know, are experiencing severe postpartum anxiety, put an end to suffering silently with postpartum OCD and get help from a medical professional. Postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder affects about 2 percent of childbearing women, according to the International OCD Foundation.

Medication and cognitive behavioral therapy can offer relief for this disorder that stems from communication errors in the brain, thus trapping its sufferers in a distressing cycle of their thoughts. Such as must check baby. Must check baby again, and so on.

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