Unwanted intrusive thoughts in the context of neonatal care: coping with the ‘what ifs?’

Fiona Challacombe, Rebecca Chilvers, Ruth Butterworth, Ellie Atkins, Karen Barr, Samantha Cole, Jacinta Cordwell, Anita D'Urso, Davy Evans, Siobhan Higgins, Angela Marsh

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Abstract

As neonatal psychological professionals, we are hearing of increased levels of intrusive thoughts of harm in both neonatal staff and parents since the Lucy Letby trial. This increase makes sense in light of what we know about the experience of intrusive thoughts. Understandably, these thoughts can lead to high levels of anxiety and can start to undermine confidence and trust in ourselves and others. This paper aims to help colleagues understand what these thoughts are, how they arise, normalise experiencing them and reduce anxiety about their relationship to actual harm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-19
JournalInfant
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2024

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