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Postpartum Anxiety or regular ole anxiety?

Postpartum Anxiety or regular ole anxiety?

I read something the other day about postpartum anxiety that sounded a lot like me and it really scared me. I’ve never suffered from anxiety before, so I’m not sure what to think. Couple that with the fact that I am not exactly postpartum (I have a toddler not a newborn). I am always worried about dying and keeping my kids safe. I worry about what would happen if I die, and even make notes and videos for my kids “just in case.” I worry about home intruders, kidnappings, things I know intellectually are rare. But that doesn’t stop me from always knowing what door I could exit with my kids if a shooter or intruder came in. I realize this isn’t normal, but wonder if it’s anxiety or postpartum anxiety? I haven’t gotten help because I kept thinking it would go away as my baby got older and my hormones leveled out.

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  1. Hi Molly,
    Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like your focus on safety has become difficult to manage as the thoughts have become more intrusive and you are realizing that they may be not as common in other moms. I agree with you, speaking with a mental health professional can help you reduce the intensity and frequency of these thoughts. As you have realized, waiting for these thoughts to go away on their own has not worked out very well. Sometimes, the more we dwell on things or try to “stop thinking about it” the stronger and more frequent they happen. Speaking with someone like a mental health professional or psychiatrist who specializes in anxiety can help you lead a more relaxed, enjoyable life with your children while still being responsible for their well-being.

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    1. Thank you for your response! Reading your comment is going to push me to make the call. I don’t want to be so anxious!!

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      1. I agree with Dr. Eva’s excellent response! I am so glad you are going to make the call. So many of us moms push things off as “this will get better when…” and before we know it, it has been years. So good for you for reaching out and getting help!

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