Ask Kat: Postpartum Depression and Paranoia
As the mum of three small boys, an expert in baby products and a no-nonsense parent, resident blogger Kat Armstrong always seems to be called upon by friends, family and strangers to answer tough parenting questions. We thought it was high time she shared this knowledge with you, and her series Ask Kat was born. If you have questions for Kat, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ever since I had my baby, I constantly have terrible thoughts about bad things that might happen to us while we are out. I worry that in crossing the road, we’ll be hit by a car or that when we’re driving, we’ll have an accident. I keep expecting the worst and it’s making me paranoid to take my baby anywhere or go anywhere.
What you are experiencing is something that many moms who suffer Postpartum Depression have also experienced. I strongly recommend you speak to your OB, GP or midwife as soon as possible to find support and services to help you over this hump. Normal worries can come and go, but worries that include not wanting to leave the house, paranoia or constant fear of death and dying should be addressed by a health professional. There is absolutely no shame in PPD, but there is no reason for you to suffer in silence or alone. I suffered very intense PPD with my first and I’m so grateful for all the help I received, as is my son.