Postpartum Anxiety and Depression looks different for everyone. Some people often find that their intrusive thoughts (the unwanted thoughts that keep showing up, despite your efforts to prove them wrong or “make” them go away) center around harming their baby, others find that they keep having thoughts about their husband or their own mental or physical health. Intrusive thoughts come in all shapes and sizes and are incredibly distressing. The good news is that, if you’re noticing that you’re experiencing some intrusive thoughts, there are evidence-based ways to address them and the emotional distress that you feel. These evidence-based therapeutic approaches (CBT, ERP, and ACT) are what you will find yourself learning more about by working with a therapist, like myself, at Light on Anxiety.
Read this article to hear more about the ways that intrusive thoughts can unfold, especially during a vulnerable time like after having a baby.