Originally Posted by gwerydd
i wonder if it would be possible to have this thread stickied or something. i think a lot of women with PPD have intrusive thoughts and never tell anyone because they think that their children will be taken away, that they will be told that they are terrible mothers, that they are going insane. i think it would be very helpful for mums with PPD to read about others who are dealing with intrusive thoughts. KWIM?
It's the big "hidden secret" of PPD - women are afraid to tell their health care providers, each other or even their partners because they're afraid they're going nuts or will be deemed unfit.
But it's a well-known and treatable
part of PPD. They're not part of postpartum psychosis (which is rare and very scary), but an unknowledgeable health care provider might confuse the symptoms of intrusive thoughts with psychosis. For psychosis, women don't recognize their thoughts as abnormal. For intrusive thoughts, they do, and they're terrified by them.
Not every mother has them. I had severe PPD/Anxiety with both kids and no intrusive thoughts. But I know enough women who've had them that I know they're real, scary and treatable.