Having Kids: No Easy Decision Welcome to a candid discussion on a topic close to the hearts of many considering parenthood while wrestling with OCD. In this blog post, we’ll uncover the subtle yet significant ways in which Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can cast its shadow on the decision to have children. Navigating parenthood with OCD requires […]
As a therapist, I have seen many individuals who struggle with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and anxiety when it comes to the decision of having children or even more children for that matter. For some, the fear of passing on their symptoms to their children can be overwhelming. For others, the thought of managing their symptoms while raising a child can seem like an impossible task. If you are someone who is dealing with these fears and anxieties, I want you to know that you are not alone. This decision shook me for years until I finally learned some tools to help me get through day to day. And here I am, 5 years later, completely at ease and peace with my decision. It is completely normal to have these concerns, and there are steps you can take to feel more empowered in your decision.
Postpartum OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is a subtype of OCD that occurs in women after giving birth. Although it is generally thought to afflict women, we know now that anyone can experience postpartum OCD – including fathers and adoptive parents. You might have also heard about perinatal OCD, which is similar but simply also includes the time during pregnancy (i.e., not exclusive to just after birth). It’s also not *IMMEDIATELY* after birth, either. In my opinion, OCD can strike at any time and last for however long you’re breathing into its fire.
When you’re about to become a parent, you expect everything to be so wonderful and full of joy and bliss. Everyone tells you about the snuggles, the love you’ll experience, and all of the amazing things about being a new mom or dad. What they don’t tell you is all of the anxiety, fear, and panic you can feel – not to mention the intrusive, scary, unwelcome thoughts that come in out of nowhere and never seem to go away no matter what you do.
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A great tool for those with OCD and anxiety OR professionals. This free PDF will help you identify goals and set them into motion step by step.