Most women say their first response after an abortion is relief. But many women discover within days, months, or even years, their abortion experience causes serious emotional side effects. If you’re experiencing emotional or psychological issues due to a previous abortion, we want you to know there is help and potential healing. Contact us today.
What Is Post-Abortion Trauma?
Post-abortion stress is the inability to process the stress and emotions associated with one’s abortion decision and experience. These emotions can surface anytime in a person’s life, sometimes triggered by other painful, confusing, or overwhelming circumstances.
This psychological response is known as Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). Several factors that can increase the risk of Post-Abortion Stress include the woman’s age, the abortion circumstances, the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion occurs, and the woman’s religious beliefs.
Post-Abortion Trauma Symptoms
You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Experiencing anxiety or tension
- Fearful of others finding out about your abortion
- Inability to forgive yourself
- Loss of interest in things you love
- Avoiding intimate relationships
- Bouts of crying
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Engaging in unhealthy relationships
- Emotional numbing
- Suicidal thoughts
Hope And Healing
If you have any of the above symptoms, you might consider joining a support group, meeting with a licensed therapist, or contacting us today. We are here to provide support and care after your abortion experience.
There are individual or group meetings, depending on your comfort level. Everything is confidential, and as always, our assistance is provided at no charge. Your happiness, health, and well-being are important to us.
Giving a voice to your abortion experience can change how you view your decision and give you the courage to thrive. Your emotions are part of your overall health and wellbeing, and we’re here to help support you in the way that works best for you. Call us for a consultation.