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Canadian woman wants more people to know about perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder

Posted May 09 2009 11:21pm

At 26, the educated O'Reilly was in a good marriage and was at home caring for her newborn son in a small Alberta town.

But while all her friends seemed to be adjusting well to their lives as new mothers five years ago, O'Reilly was living behind "a mask" and secretly battling unwanted, intrusive thoughts about hurting her baby.

Describing a world where common household objects triggered flashes or "movies" of violent acts toward her son, O'Reilly suffered in silence for eight months before checking in to the mental health ward of Calgary's Foothills Hospital for specialized treatment of perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder. Click HERE to read the entire article...

O'Reilly's book, "The Smiling Mask," chronicles experiences with perinatal mental illness.

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