Wait, what is Postpartum OCD?
Yep. It's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that develops or is magnified as part of the postpartum experience. Women who don't have OCD can develop it as part of their childbirth experience. Women who already have OCD can see their symptoms intensify during postpartum.
Most simply defined, OCD is when "intrusive thoughts" become fairly constant, and a person starts acting on those thoughts.
What are intrusive thoughts? For example a worry like, "I'm afraid my baby will drown" comes up over and over throughout the hours and days in a fairly non-stop way.
Taking it one step further, acting on the intrusive thoughts is an additional confirmation of an issue. For example, acting on the fear of the baby drowning by not giving the baby a bath would be a sign.
- Signs of Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum OCD
- How to find help if you think you may have symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum OCD (Hint: start by calling an anonymous helpline 800-944-4773)
- Megan's true story of postpartum OCD and her recovery