Intrusive Thoughts in the Perinatal Period
Content Warning: Examples of various type of intrusive thoughts
Episode description: On today’s episode we’re going to talk about Intrusive Thoughts in the Perinatal Period. I’m going to share the clinical definition, what this looks like in real-life, when it’s a good idea to ask for help and how to cope with these types of thoughts. I experienced intrusive thoughts in the Postpartum period, and I will share this experience with you. Let’s open up this discussion to reduce the barriers to seeking help and the shame that can come with these thoughts.
2:33 - What are Intrusive thoughts?
9:28 - Creating meaning around intrusive thoughts.
10:45 - Shame and guilt.
12: 28 – Intrusive thoughts knock us out of our window of tolerance.
15:35 - Barriers to disclosing intrusive thoughts.
18:50 - Coping with intrusive thoughts.
21:52 - The process of managing the thoughts.
24:53 - Normalizing anxiety.
26:26 - Anchoring in the Self, trusting ourselves.
28:17 - Other ways to cope.
An incredible book for new parents is “Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts” by Karen Kleiman.
And a great book for clinicians and parents is Karen Kleiman’s book “Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Parenthood”, from which I have used a lot of information for this post as well as in my work with clients.
You can find information and free online support groups at Postpartum Support International www.postpartum.net