Women experiencing post abortion are typically unable to work through their emotional responses resulting from the experience of an abortion.
The most common effects of abortion grief may include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, low self-esteem, emotional numbing and re-living the abortion through dreams or flashbacks.
This may occur within a few hours following an abortion, or it may not surface until many years later! Women may be afraid to talk about it, may feel great shame about their abortion, and may not even realize how it is affecting them. Many women are even afraid to talk about their abortion to their doctor or counselor. Some women state that they are "okay" or that "it was the best decision they could have made" ; but sometimes life experiences can trigger some latent feelings.
If you are struggling after your abortion, no matter how long ago it may have been, please ask for help by contacting one of our listed links.
Post Abortion Syndrome
Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PAS) affects everyone and is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The process of making an abortion choice, experiencing the procedure and living with the grief, pain and regret is certainly, at its very core, traumatic.
As with any trauma, individuals often try to "forget" the ordeal and deny or ignore any pain that may result. Many simply don't relate their distress to the abortion experience. Read on...
Helping with Post Abortion Healing, we have listed all 10 Episodes of "Surrender The Secret" on a seperate page.