How Can You Make the Scary Thoughts of Postpartum OCD Go Away?

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I want you to meet a Warrior Mom in the making. Everybody:say hello toBA. This blogger from Heir to Blair has been sharing her story of postpartum depression/anxiety and just wrote a post this week on what she does to try to halt those awfully scary intrusive thoughts. It's the same thing I did and I found it helped as well when it comes to intrusive thoughts. Go read it.

Keep kicking PPD's ass Blair!

Also, you can click here for more information on postpartum anxiety and intrusive thoughts.

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About Katherine Stone

is the founder & editor of Postpartum Progress. She was named one of the ten most influential mom bloggers of 2011, a WebMD Health Hero and one of the top 25 parent bloggers using social media for social good. She also writes the Fierce Blog, and a parenting column for Disney's Babble.com.

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  1. It's not possible for it to come back is it? I have been doing so great for several months now and then yesterday I was hit with so many "symptoms" all at once, it scared me to death. It is not easy for me to even ask this, I just want to have moved on forever…is that possible or will this always be with me, lurking in the background?

  2. Katherine Stone/Post says:

    It's not that it's "coming back". It's more
    that it hasn't gone away 100%. It may be
    that you are about to get your period. Or
    you are tired. Or you are stressed. There
    are any number of reasons the symptoms might
    come back to mess with you a little bit.
    That happens. At one point you really will move on. Watch for my video coming on Monday
    about this very topic!

  3. Thanks, love!

  4. Another great study ripe for replication is the one that found a link between severe anxiety reactions such as PPOCD and excess copper. The clinical research implied a lack of minerals and progesterone inhibits the normal shedding of excess copper.
    This topic is simimlar to the placental encapsulation one, anecdotal and clinical evidence says both techniques work; but there is not a large body of research to qualify a statement about its effectiveness.

    • Please tell me more about the excess copper research. I have serve PPD PPA with really bad thoughts…. I have been reading as much as I can and I don’t know where to turn… I’d rather not take meds if I don’t have too, please help me…. I love my little girl so much and I am so afraid I am going to hurt her… I have been living In this hell for 18 months now… She is a year old, it started when I was months pregnant…

      • Cindy, that is a really long time to be suffering. If you are hesitant to take medications, you could start with therapy? Getting professional treatment for these illnesses is so important, for your health, and the health of your child. Please reach out for help.

        • I have reached out for help and I am very upset because I had mental health call my phsyc and make the appointment for today( Tuesday ) I waiting all weekend in stress and got there to find out she canceled because she was sick. I asked to see anthoner doctor and they told me no because I was her patient. So now I have to wait another 23 days.

  5. great blog

  6. The "stop it" approach works for me too. I finally stopped reveling in the thoughts and now just push them away. Thanks for connecting all of us. It helps to know I'm not the only one out there.

  7. Can anyone tell me more about obsessive thoughts? She describes them as giving her warm fuzzies and almost like a "drug high". I thought that the intrusive thoughts of PPOCD felt unwanted and bad, not good. Or can it be both? Thanks for helping me understand.

  8. Katherine Stone/Post says:

    You are right that intrusive thoughts are
    usually completely unwanted and disturbing.
    Most mothers who have them would do almost
    anything to get them to go away. They know
    the thoughts are wrong and don't represent
    their normal thinking. I think what Blair
    may have meant is that she found some strange
    comfort in ruminating and obsessing over things because it kept her mind busy. Any healthcare pros want to chime in on this?

  9. My very vague understanding so far is that it is a borderline symptom of post partum psychosis.

  10. Katherine Stone/Post says:

    Thanks for the clarification Blair!