Hassox’s Mum Cleaned for Five Hours a Day Because of OCD

Hascox’s Angel Stagg claims she had a “constant voice” in her head that her children weren’t clean enough as she struggled with postnatal depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD is a mental health condition where a person’s Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors occur.

His daughter Evelyn, now two years old

In February 2020, with their daughter Evelyn, who is now two years old. The mother of two has suffered a lot of low mood since birth. She was struggling to bond with her new baby and felt isolated due to the pandemic.

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“As a first-time mom I didn’t know what to expect, but I couldn’t help but bond with him,” she said. “I used to watch her and everything to do with her was a chore – like changing her nappies and feeding her. “Because it was lockdown, I didn’t have many people to talk to about it.

“I was crying all the time. I thought there was something wrong with me.”

After the birth of her second child, Jackson, in May 2021, the 25-year-old started having intense intrusive thoughts about the cleanliness of her children, herself, and her home. Within weeks of Jackson’s birth, his cleaning routine took up his entire morning. She often took up to five hours to clean her house.

Especially children,” she said

“It was like there was a voice in my head that would say tell me everything was dirty, especially the kids,” she said. “It would hit me as soon as I woke up in the morning. ‘Mornings were always the worst.

“I’ll avoid certain parts of the house and then do a really big clean.

“I always had the feeling that I was dirty, that the kids were dirty, no matter how much I cleaned around the house. “I used to get incredibly anxious and couldn’t relax.” When I cleaned, So I felt guilty for not spending enough time with the kids.” The situation got so bad that she wished she “hadn’t had kids at all” but finally managed to get advice from her GP in June 2021.

after a month of terrifying intrusive thoughts

“After a month of really horrible intrusive thoughts, I told my boyfriend the truth and we got help,” she said. “The GP asked me if a disembodied voice was due to intrusive thoughts in my head.
“They were really understanding and just trusting about it and being listened to help so much.

“It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders.”

Angel is now recovering with medication and has been referred for talking therapy through the NHS Time to Talk scheme. “It doesn’t fix the problem, but it makes things easier,” she said. “It gives me the ability to get out of bed every morning and face the day.”

Angell, who is now expecting her third child in June, wants others battling similar symptoms to know they’re not alone. “I would say don’t feel like you’re crazy because you’re not,” she said.

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