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POSTPARTUM OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) Postpartum OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that can happen after the birth of a baby. It can involve things like obsessive handwashing or repeatedly checking on your newborn in response to all-consuming thoughts about their well-being. These thoughts are not based on reason. And in OCD, the obsessions and compulsions take up more than an hour a day. About 1 in 10 people get OCD at 2 weeks postpartum and, for some, it can last up to 6 months. POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS Postpartum psychosis is a very rare condition that requires immediate intervention and professional help. If a new parent develops postpartum psychosis, the symptoms usually start within 3-14 days after the birth. Symptoms may vary, they can change quickly, and the affected parent may not experience all of the symptoms.


If a new parent has any of these symptoms, they should not be left alone with the baby. They should immediately be taken to the nearest emergency room. • Forgetting how to do things you have done in the past • Having a lot of energy, racing thoughts, and not sleeping • Having strange feelings, like something is crawling on you • Thoughts of self-harm or harming the family • Hearing or seeing things no one else does • Feeling like someone else is controlling you • Very rapid or nonsense speaking patterns • Feeling afraid and not liking how you feel • Agitation or confusion


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