Therapy for Postpartum Anxiety or OCD
One in five women will develop a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy or within the first twelve months of their baby’s birth.
If this is happening to you, know that it is not your fault. It can happen to any woman, regardless of age, race, or demographic status, and it’s not linked to anything you did or didn’t do.
What You May Be Experiencing:
- You can’t seem to calm down, and your thoughts race. You can’t relax, and it feels like you have to be doing something at all times, such as cleaning baby items or working on projects. Even entertaining the baby does not bring you joy or relaxation.
- You check up on the baby frequently and worry about him/her all the time. Your worries might be baby-specific or more general.
- You may also notice disturbing thoughts that you can’t dismiss. These thoughts may be scary, shocking, or horrifying and may make you question yourself.
- You might find yourself doing things to reduce these fears. Sometimes these thoughts can leave a woman afraid to be alone with her baby.
- Physical symptoms like stomach cramps, headaches, shakiness, or nausea are common signs of anxiety. You might have difficulty sleeping even though you are tired.
If you’re experiencing Postpartum Anxiety or OCD, Iris Hogan can help: