New Moms Should Watch Out For Postpartum OCD


WE ALSO LEARN THE FIRE STARTED MONDAY WITH SPARKS FROM A BLOWN INSULATOR CAP ON A POWER LINE.>IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE HAVING THOUGHTS OF SERIOUSLY HARMING YOUR NEWBORN BUT IT IS ESTIMATED HAPPENS TO ONE IN 10 MOTHERS. IT DOES CALLED POSTPARTUM OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER. KATHY WALSH JOINS US TONIGHT. Reporter: THERE WAS A LOT OF SHAME, STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH POSTPARTUM OCD. I RECENTLY MET A MOTHER WILLING TO TALK ABOUT HER STRUGGLE. IN FACT, SHE HAS MADE IT INTO MUSIC. IT IS FRANTIC, DARK AND UNSETTLING. MENTAL ILLNESS THROUGH MUSIC. IT IS COMPOSER LORETTO NOTE RISKY’S OWN STORY. IT WAS LIKE A PRIVATE HELL. Reporter: IT STARTED WITH THE BIRTH OF RUBY. THE BABY WAS HEALTHY BUT LORETTO WAS HAVING INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS. SCARY THOUGHTS ABOUT HURTING HER OR HURTING MYSELF. THE FIRST ONE I HAD WAS WHAT IF I THREW RUBY DOWN THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE IN OUR HOME? THAT LED TO UNFOUNDED FEARS. I WOULD START TO THINK SCARY THINGS ABOUT KNIVES, ROPES, THE BATHTUB, ANYTHING DANGEROUS IN THE HOUSE. Reporter: LORETTO BECAME HYPER VIGILANT IN PROTECTING RUBY. SHE LEARNED SHE HAD POSTPARTUM OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER. POSTPARTUM OCD IS A PROTECTIVE INSTINCT THAT ALL NEW MOTHERS HAVE GONE AWRY. Reporter: DOCTOR CELESTE LARKIN SAYS SHAME OFTEN KEEPS WOMEN SILENT. A CHILD PSYCHIATRIST AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR NEW MOTHERS. KNOWING THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE IS VERY IMPORTANT. Reporter: SUPPORT, THERAPY, MEDICATION AND HER MUSIC HELPED LORETTO RECOVER. HER MESSAGE ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME. THERE IS HELP AND YOU CAN GET BETTER. Reporter: IT TOOK LORETTO WHEN YOU’RE TO RECOVER. AT PERFORMANCES OF HER STRING QUARTET, SHE TALKS ABOUT HER STRUGGLE. WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON

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