“It has been described how one’s own mind can “try to torment you with the thoughts of whatever it is you consider to be the most inappropriate or awful thing you could do” (Baer, 2001, p9). Lee Baer, Ph.D., Harvard professor and author, describes how a person’s most vulnerable self can become engulfed by thoughts that cut to the core of his or her fears. To a mother, there is no fear that comes close to that of harm coming to her baby. This is an absolute. It is universal. It is primal. This is precisely why a mother is so susceptible and at great risk for scary thoughts. The unpredictable demands of motherhood, along with biological, hormonal, and psychological challenges, combine to generate anxiety and worry of unprecedented proportion. Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts (Routledge) p.18

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