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Pregnancy Paranoia

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Hello, I recently entered the second trimester with my first child. Lately I’ve been experiencing strange occurrences — hearing voices, hearing doors open, and the very intense feeling I’m being watched. They all sound very real and happen day or evening, and late into the night. My pregnancy has been quite normal. I am of good health and have never had an issue with mental problems, and neither does my family.

It has gotten so intense it follows me to work now. I am not sleeping well and it’s making me anxious. My husband has not experienced these incidents. I am not religious and decidedly don’t believe in ghosts and I’ve totally cut out the horror movies..

Is this normal for pregnancy? Thank you for your time. (From Canada)

Pregnancy Paranoia

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The biochemical changes during pregnancy can cause a very wide range of reactions. The fact that you are having experiences that are outside of what feels normal is important to report to your physician. He or she can monitor your situation. Don’t wait on this. The sooner you can explain to the physician what you are experiencing, the sooner you can find out what can be done to help.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Pregnancy Paranoia

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Pregnancy Paranoia. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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