Postpartum OCD And Psychosis: What Is It, And How To Manage It

 

Postpartum OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), is a mental illness that affects a small number of women (less than 5%) postpartum, but is a very serious condition that all women should be aware of before giving birth.

The postpartum period refers to the first 2-3 months after a woman delivers a baby. During this period, it is very common for women to suffer from acute mental illnesses that are brought on from drastic hormonal shifts such as the baby blues.

Upwards of 60-80% of all new mothers suffer from the baby blues for anywhere from the first few days to weeks postpartum. Symptoms of the baby blues do not warrant treatment and will go away on their own.

A smaller percentage, anywhere between 10-20% of postpartum moms will suffer from postpartum depression which is more severe, lasts for up to a year sometimes and requires mild treatment.

Postpartum OCD refers to obsessions that are seen in new mothers that usually revolve around fear or want to purposely harm the new baby. This type of psychosis requires doctor intervention and treatment.

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