Young mothers suffer from intrusive thoughts more often than other people


Obsessive thoughts and increased anxiety are more common in women who became mothers recently, the scientists from the United States by publishing their work in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.

Experts from the School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Illinois found that 11% of women after childbirth marked signs of neurosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Meanwhile, it is a disorder in the bulk of the population is found in only 2-3% of people. Mommy constant fear, fear of damaging the child, worried about whether there is sufficient well they disinfect baby bottles, jump up in the night, listening to the baby’s breathing.

"It is possible that some obsessions, such as concerns about hygiene and cleanliness are normal for new parents. When these thoughts begin to disrupt normal life and taking care of the baby becomes immoderate, it goes to the pathology" - said Dan Gossett (Dana Gossett ), author of the study and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, operating in the North-West Memorial Hospital.

The study included 461 women participated. All participants were tested for signs of depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder in 2 weeks, and then at 6 months postpartum. Women described their symptoms on their own, without the help of professionals.

Thus, about 50% of women reported an improvement in their mental state to the sixth month of life, in the meantime, some said the emergence of symptoms, which two weeks after the birth of the baby was not observed.

The researchers note that the later the young mothers appear intrusive thoughts, the more it is likely that they are not related to the activity of hormones and not with the adaptation period. In this case, the risk of mental illness increases a year after childbirth.

Almost 70% of women with obsessional neurosis, as the authors point out, were also depressed.

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