For further information on signs and symptoms of PPA, see this page from Coping with Depression During Pregnancy and Following the Birth: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-based Self-management Guide for Women by the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program.
Postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression often occur together. Have a medical professional suggest the best course of action for treating both PMADs.
What Help is Right for Me? PPPSS article
Postpartum OCD (PPOCD) is a perinatal anxiety disorder. People with PPOCD have repeated intrusive thoughts that are very upsetting and disturbing and pop up seemingly out of the blue. Previously, it was thought that only 2-2.4% of new mothers and birthing people would experience PPOCD, but new research suggests that the incidence could be as high as 17%.
While the intrusive thoughts that happen when someone has PPOCD can be terrifying and disturbing, new parents with OCD are not at risk of acting on their intrusive thoughts.
Beginning anytime during pregnancy or up to one year after your baby’s birth. Can persist for months or years without treatment and support.
Symptoms of PPOCD are similar to the symptoms of PPA and also include the following:
Similar to postpartum depression and anxiety (listed above). In addition:
Intrusive Thoughts and Postpartum OCD: PPPSS Podcast
Pacific Post Partum Support Society is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷiy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Stó:lō First Nations.
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