Having a baby can mess with your mind. When we surveyed new mums, we found that even though most of us always say we’re fine, a staggering amount of new mothers suffer with OCD intrusive thoughts… a particularly scary (and common) symtpm of postpartum depression. Sometimes they emerge as terrifying thoughts and sometimes they can be vivid images of awful things happening. They can come out of nowhere and bombard you at any time.
The good news is, if you are worried about the thoughts you are having, that’s a good sign! It means you know that something is wrong and you need help, and trust us, it is not something to be ashamed of. It doesn’t mean you are a bad mother, it means your brain is playing tricks on you. Take comfort in the fact that hundreds of other women are experiencing exactly the same thing, and there are things you can do to get better.
First, we recommend taking our Mental Health Quiz, to quickly assess how you’re feeling and whether or not you might need a helping hand.
Next, go through our Mums Mental Health Course. It was created by our Psychologist-In-Residence Emma Kenny and involves taking small steps to ease your worries.
And finally, talk to someone. As well as your local health professionals, we have a team of specially trained professional waiting to chat to you in our Support Group. No question is too big or too small, it is a completely judgement-free zone, and you can even ask anonymously.
Read all our findings here
OCD is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and can manifest itself in lots of different ways. Shortly after giving birth, it can show up in the form of scary thoughts and images about something bad happening to the baby, or that they would be better off without you. It’s not nice, but it’s also very common and can be treated.
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