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Interesting to learn of this condition. I was overprotective of my first child but not extremely so, just new mother nervousness.

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I didn't know there is Postpartum OCD. I didn't experience this before and didn't hear from any of my friends, perhaps we didn't even recognize this. Thanks for sharing this.

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I've amended the bubble to make it clear that this is mental images that distress the mother because she does NOT want to harm her child, NOT because she wants to harm her child.

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Agreed, &Radcliff - this is about thinking of your child being harmed, but with the thoughts DISTRESSING you. If the thoughts distress you, this means you do not want to act on them. However many people can't see the clear division between WANTING to do something and being DISTRESSED at the thought of doing it.

We are not talking about Postpartum Psychosis where the mother wants to harm her child. This is Postpartum OCD where the mother imagines bad things happening to her child, which she does NOT want to do, but which stresses her out.

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&Radcliff I can see now that the article may have been addressing accidental harm, but it was written in such a way that it seemed to be addressing thoughts of intentional violence (part of postpartum depression, which is what I thought the author of the post was referring to). My apologies for any confusion; I also did not mean to appear confrontational in my advice.

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It seems that some of these commenters think that this post is talking about thoughts of abuse. I remember being so nervous about accidentally hurting my newborn--like tripping while carrying her and causing an injury or dropping her.

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Answer to your question has already been answered. Seek help immediately. No excuse for harming anyone especially a child. I had a similar experience with depression due to some underlying issues, they prescribed a medicine to me that made me violent and agitated. I could not go cold turkey on it, it would have severe damaging effects. I chose to give my daughter to her father for 2 months, till I got me back in control. Best decision of my life. She never saw that side of mommy. And I never hurt anyone, even though the urges were strong. My demons never ruled me!

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&WryLilt Only in that I have dealt with people who have experienced it, and they have said the helpline I recommended is a good resource to have. At least two of my friends spoke to their doctors and were referred to psychiatrists.

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Do any of the people who've commented have experience with OCD or Postpartum OCD?

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If you feel that you may harm your child and you live in the United States, call 1-855-427-2736 for the National Parent Helpline. They will talk you through stressful situations and give you professional advice on how to avoid acting on your thoughts. You should also talk to your doctor about your thoughts, and do not take offense if they recommend a psychiatrist.

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when my son was a baby I used to have really disturbing dreams about accidentally hurting him. I think I was just really scared and nervous.

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No, it's not normal. Seek help immediately-anyone that feels that way!

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It is never okay to think about hurting your child. Ever.

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