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This article, from New York magazine’s The Cut, discusses intrusive thoughts experienced by many new parents. Former ABCT president Jon Abramowitz is quoted as saying that every new parent has intrusive thoughts of harm befalling their baby at one time or another.
Occasionally, this common thought pattern can become persistent and distressing to the point of developing postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder.
Abramowitz and fellow anxiety researcher Nichole Fairbrother began collaborating after themselves experiencing intrusive thoughts as new parents.
Their research asserts that such thoughts occur in stressful situations, and that, like standing at the top of a tall building, the early stages of parenting falls into this category .
Read the article here