New mothers suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms more than the general population, according to new research carried out by Northwestern Medicine and published in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine.

The researchers identified symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder in 11 percent of women at their second week and sixth month following childbirth, compared to only 2 percent in the rest of the population.

This is the first study of its kind to observe obsessive-compulsive symptoms in mothers after giving birth.

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