To those mothers who are suffering from postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), I want you to know that I understand the torture that your own mind can put you through--especially when children are involved. Those “what if” thoughts can keep you stunted in fear, making it difficult to see past the heartache and sadness you would encounter were the “what if” thoughts to come true.
Having children can make the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder worse, as the symptoms involve the mind latching on to what is most important to us. Therefore, parents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder may experience debilitating and intrusive thoughts concerning the safety of their children. In addition, they can have doubts about their own parental abilities.
Do your thoughts keep you up at night? Do they prevent you from enjoying the moment because you are so terrified about the possibility of pain in the future? Are you afraid of letting your baby and/or children out of your sight? Are you focusing too much on cleanliness and organization?
Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder affects an estimated 3-5% of new mothers and is perhaps the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed of the perinatal disorders. Compulsions, fears, intrusive thoughts, a sense of horror, and over protecting the infant are all common symptoms of Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
If you feel that you may be suffering from this condition, please know that you are not to blame. Psychotherapy is highly effective when treating Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Please reach out for help today! You don’t have to live as a prisoner of your own mind. I can help you discover ways of handling these thoughts so they no longer consume you. Together we can work on regaining the power, so that instead of focusing on detriment, you can focus on health and well-being. Contact me today to schedule an appointment in my Longmont or Boulder, Colorado, office so you can begin your journey toward freedom.