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Perinatal OCD

Perinatal OCD, also known as perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder, is a form of OCD that occurs during pregnancy and the postpartum period. It is characterized by intrusive and distressing thoughts, images, or urges, known as obsessions, that provoke intense anxiety or discomfort. These obsessions often revolve around concerns related to the baby's safety, cleanliness, or harm. In response to these obsessions, individuals may engage in repetitive behaviors or mental rituals, known as compulsions, to try and alleviate their anxiety or prevent perceived harm. These compulsions can include excessive cleaning, checking, organizing, or seeking reassurance from others.

 

Perinatal OCD can significantly impact the daily functioning and well-being of new parents. Counselling can help individuals manage and alleviate the symptoms of perinatal OCD, promoting a healthier and more enjoyable parenting experience.

Treatment with me can include a combination of the following:

  • Individual Therapy

  • Perinatal OCD Support Group

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