Although many women feel relieved immediately after their abortion, many also deal with mental health issues later. If you’ve experienced an abortion weeks, months, or even years ago and are struggling with grief, there is hope and healing.
Can My Abortion Cause Mental Health Issues?
The National Library of Medicine published a study of multiple articles on the relationship between abortion and mental health problems. They concluded that:
- Abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.
- The abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.
- Risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion.
What Are the Signs of Post-Abortion Trauma?
You are not alone if you are wrestling with mental health issues associated with your abortion.
Many women have reported emotional side effects from their abortion experience. Those symptoms could include:
- Substance use
- Suicidal behavior
In addition to feeling regret, sadness, and grief, women often deal with guilt, anger, and emotional pain. Some experience isolation, nightmares, and relationship issues. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?
How Can I Begin Healing?
When dealing with trauma, Psychology Today states, “it is important for survivors to fully process the memory and move forward in a meaningful way.” You need a “safe and supportive therapeutic environment where [you] feel comfortable to share openly.”
Where Can I Get Help?
Seeing a mental health professional and letting your regular healthcare provider know you are emotionally struggling is essential. BsideU for Life offers support from a clinical counselor. Our post-abortion study consists of small groups of women and separate small groups of men. You can choose to share or just listen to the experiences of others.
It’s a safe, non-judgmental environment to begin the healing process. Our post-abortion studies are available in two formats:
- Once a week for 8 weeks
- A weekend retreat (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Don’t struggle another day. Please let us assist you in finding the healing you need. Schedule an appointment online or text us at 502-309-4951. We want to walk alongside you during this important season.