What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?
Seeing a positive result on a pregnancy test when you didn’t intend to be pregnant is scary. Before deciding what to do about your unplanned pregnancy, realize there are possible mental health effects like guilt, anxiety, and depression associated with abortion.
You may be thinking about how you can “fix” this quickly, but take your time to consider the emotional repercussions of abortion first.
Do Women Really Have Post-Abortion Mental Health Issues?
The issue of mental health problems related to abortion is challenging to study. Factors such as the reason for a woman’s abortion, the type of procedure, how far along she is in her pregnancy, and if she is willingly aborting all play a role.
According to a study published by the National Library of Medicine, pro-abortion and anti-abortion supporters agree on the following:
- 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.
Who Is At Risk Of Mental Health Problems After Abortion?
The above study says some women are more susceptible to mental health problems following an abortion. Who are those women?
It says women with a “pre-existing mental illness” are more likely to be negatively affected by their abortion. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) classifies mental illness as “health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior.”
The APA estimates nearly one in five U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness. Sadly, almost 30% of the Gen Z generation report their mental health as fair or poor, and 91% say they have experienced at least one emotional symptom of stress.
What Are The Signs Of Mental Health Problems?
The Mayo Clinic lists symptoms of mental illness as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, addictive behaviors, and even schizophrenia. Many women say they struggle with feelings of guilt, depression, anxiety, and sadness following their abortions.
Their post-abortion mental health issues may start as early as a week or two following the procedure or decades after.
Am I At Risk Of Mental Health Problems After Abortion?
It is essential to have a thorough check-up with your healthcare provider before choosing any medical procedure. Abortion is a serious health decision, and you should look at all aspects of your health before making this choice.
If you have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, talk with a counselor or advocate who can help you sort through your emotions. Discuss your current mental health with a knowledgeable doctor if you have concerns.
We Can Help You
Schedule a no-cost consultation at A New Generation. If you are concerned about your mental health, we can discuss your situation and offer referrals to doctors who can assist you. More than anything, we want you to know you are not alone.
If you have had an abortion(s) and are struggling emotionally, we are a safe place to share your feelings. Many women on our team have had abortions and understand where you are.
Reach out to us today. Call or schedule an appointment to begin your healing journey.
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