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Postpartum OCD (PPOCD)

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Everyone from family members to friends expects a new mother to be joyful.  But society doesn’t realize that PPOCD can leave a new mother devastated and exhausted. Symptoms include such activities as:

  • excessively washing or sterilizing baby bottles
  • excessive washing of baby clothing, or washing other family members’ clothing repeatedly
  • isolating the baby to keep family members or others from “contaminating” the baby
  • constantly checking on the baby
  • persistent fears of harming the baby

Untreated PPOCD can negatively impact a mother’s ability to care for her child and can severely strain her marriage, friendships and other relationships.  Butler Hospital offers a web site with more information about PPOCD:

Butler Hospital information on Postpartum OCD

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