Several studies have shown a connection between mental health effects following an abortion. Women deserve to be aware of these effects if considering an abortion and what they are. Some effects are:
Mental Health Significance
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines mental health as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” Furthermore, it states the importance of mental health because it “Affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.”
Since mental health is an important factor in our everyday lives and well-being, understanding the common symptoms of a mental health concern is vital. Some of these could include the following:
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
If you believe you may be experiencing mental health struggles, or feel you might be developing unstable mental health, reach out to a trusted professional today. You deserve to feel renewed and whole. Even though mental health cannot always be seen, it is deeply experienced and deserves immediate attention.
How Are Abortion and Mental Health Related?
According to a study published by the National Library of Medicine, “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
The Cleveland Clinic also states that common symptoms of an abortion range and may include “sadness, stress or guilt.”
Finally, Kaiser Permanente states depression can present in women who have had an abortion, and if symptoms persist, help should be sought immediately.
Who Can I Speak To?
Contact us today if you wish to receive more information on abortion and the impacts it can have on health and wellness. We offer no-cost, confidential appointments, pregnancy testing, options information, and more. Though we do not perform or refer for abortions, we are able to provide information on procedures and risks during your appointment.
Women deserve to have all the facts to make the right decision for them and propel them forward with confidence and knowledge.
If you are struggling with mental health impacts or negative feelings after an abortion, reach out to our caring team. Our Center offers an After Abortion Care support group and referrals to trusted local mental health counselors. We believe healing is possible, deserved, and attainable.