For millions of women across the world, the arrival of a new child is highly anticipated and somewhat momentous.

While many expectant and new mothers will spend their pregnancies and early postpartum period excited and overwhelmed with happy and joyous emotions, one in five women will encounter a form of anxiety such as perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD.

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Although perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD is common, many women hide their struggles with perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD from their loved ones and medical professionals.  As a result, perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment is frequently overlooked.

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth and find yourself facing perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD, you must seek treatment.

Below, we have discussed perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD and perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment to provide you with support and guidance.

What Is Perinatal Anxiety?

Perinatal anxiety is a form of anxiety that affects the lives of women during and after pregnancy.

Although it is difficult to ascertain just how many women struggle with perinatal anxiety, it is thought that up to 15.8% of women experience perinatal anxiety during pregnancy.  In addition, 17.1% of women will encounter perinatal anxiety in the early postpartum period.

 

What Is Perinatal OCD?

A form of OCD that affects expectant and new mothers, perinatal OCD is an obsessive-compulsive disorder that has many consequences on the lives of new parents.

According to the British Journal of Midwifery, 1% of women are thought to experience perinatal OCD during pregnancy.  Furthermore, it is believed that 2.9% of women will encounter perinatal OCD in the year following the birth of their child.  

Perinatal Anxiety/Perinatal OCD Symptoms

As anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders are two different mental health problems, the symptoms associated vary.

To help you understand the symptoms you may experience if you require perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment, we have outlined the symptoms you may experience below.

 

Perinatal Anxiety Symptoms

If you experience perinatal anxiety, you will encounter many physical and psychological symptoms.  These symptoms may include insomnia, mood swings, irritability and panic attacks.

In addition to the above, you may be scared to go out with your baby. You may also be afraid to leave your baby alone, and you may feel as though you need to watch your baby at all times.

As a result, you may find that you start to develop compulsions that see you constantly checking on your baby.

 

Perinatal OCD Symptoms

Due to its very nature, the symptoms associated with perinatal OCD will include obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions often include persistent worries, doubts, thoughts and feelings that will cause you to feel increasingly anxious.

To cope with the obsessions you experience, you will likely develop compulsions.  Compulsions will see you regularly participle in a specific activity in order to alleviate the feelings experienced as a result of your obsession.

Many women that experience perinatal OCD experience obsessions surrounding their child’s health and well-being.  To cope, compulsions may include regularly seeking reassurance from a partner or health provider.

Perinatal Anxiety/Perinatal OCD Treatment

At Nova Recovery, we provide various perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatments to women who have sadly found themselves subject to perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD.

Although treatment is available for perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD via the NHS, attending our rehab hospital for perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment will guarantee that you can learn how to manage your disorder in a safe space.

To ensure that you are aware of your treatment options, we have outlined the perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatments provided at our rehab hospital below.

 

Therapy

From cognitive behavioural therapy to mindfulness sessions and stress management, at Nova Recovery, we incorporate a plethora of traditional and non-traditional therapies into our perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment programmes.

Each of the therapies incorporated into your treatment programme will ensure that you are able to identify the cause of your perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD.  In doing so, you will be able to work with our team of psychiatrists and mental health nurse therapists to develop coping strategies that will gradually see your perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD alleviate.

 

Medication

If our team believes that medication would help reduce the symptoms you experience, they will provide a suitable prescription.

If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, we understand that you may be hesitant to take medication.  While we appreciate your concerns, we will only ever prescribe medication that we believe to be safe for both yourself and your child.

Should medication be deemed a suitable treatment, we will, of course, discuss this with you.  We will also answer any questions you have to ensure you understand the benefits of taking medication.

 

Aftercare

In addition to providing a wealth of perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatments during your time in our rehab hospital, we will ensure that you are equipped with 12-months of aftercare support upon completing treatment.

Our aftercare support will see you invited to our hospital for regular catch up sessions.  We will also provide you with 6-months of free cognitive behavioural therapy via Zoom to ensure that you are able to continue your recovery from the comfort of your own home.

Creating Your Personalised Treatment Programme

At Nova Recovery, we know that there is no one fit for all when it comes to perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment.  As a result, we will provide you with a personalised treatment programme shortly after arriving at our hospital.

In order to create your personalised treatment programme, our medical professionals will need to discuss your perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD with you.

Understanding how perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD affects your day-to-day life, our team will have the ability to tailor your treatment programme to your recovery needs.

 

Contact Us Today For Perinatal Anxiety/Perinatal OCD Treatment

If you have come to experience perinatal anxiety or perinatal OCD, please do not delay perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment.

Although you may believe that your treatment options are somewhat limited, At Nova Recovery, we can provide you with the perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment you require.

To discuss our perinatal anxiety/perinatal OCD treatment with us, please call us today on 01475 303998.

 

 

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