Scary, unusual thoughts can feel like some of the most taboo secrets tell anyone, especially when they are about something terrible happening to your baby. Yet, people in the perinatal period – in other words, people who are pregnant, people who have recently given birth, and any new parents and supporting partners – are at an increased risk for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
If you are worried about any of the thoughts you’ve been having, use the symptom checker below to see if you might be experiencing obsessions and/or compulsions.
- often have scary, unwanted thoughts about your baby (for example, hurting your baby or your baby getting injured or sick) that intrude your mind and worry you?
- usually want to ignore or suppress these thoughts or try to do something to make them stop?
- have any routines that you do when you have a scary thought to counteract the thought, reduce your anxiety, or prevent something bad from happening?
- feel like you overprotect your baby because of these thoughts and fears?
Remember: thinking something does not mean it will come true.
There are gold standard, evidence-based interventions available for obsessive-compulsive disorder that will help you manage your thoughts and actions, regain a sense of control over your life, and find peace in living your life.
Dr. Ellen Kolomeyer is a clinical psychologist with expertise in parenting young children and in mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. She is based in Plantation, FL and provides consultations to clients throughout Florida.