Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Sometimes these emotions occur within days, and sometimes they happen after many years. This psychological response is known as Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). Several factors that 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.
The symptoms of PAS may include:
- feelings of anxiety
- anger, bitterness and resentment
- confused thought
- problems relating to others
- self-destructive behavior
- drug and alcohol abuse
- eating disorders
- relationship problems
- sexual promiscuity
- increased sense of guilt
- regret on the anniversary of the aborted child’s due date
If you are experiencing any symptoms of Post-Abortion Stress or just need to talk, please feel free to call us.