http://www.psychologytoday.com/…/post–abortion-stress-syndrome-p…by Susanne Babbel
Oct 25, 2010 – The PTSD of abortion is called PASS. By Susanne Babbel, Ph.D., M.F.T….
|Symptoms of Post-Abortion SyndromeWomen frequently need counseling help after their abortion.Symptoms can show up in many different ways . . . Pain & Suffering after Abortion can be devastating.
–– Dr. Bernard Nathanson, OB/GYN (Former abortionist)
ABORTION: Possible Effects on Your Body
* Intense pain * Punctured uterus * Excessive bleeding* Infection * Parts of baby left inside * Shock/Coma
* Damage to other organs * Death
* Inability to become pregnant again * Miscarriage/Stillbirths* Tubal Pregnancies * Premature births
* Pelvic inflammatory disease * Hysterectomy
ABORTION: Possible Effects on Your Emotions
THE MOST COMMON
* Guilt * Desire to become pregnant again* Depression/Crying * Inability to forgive yourself
* Intense grief/sadness * Anger/Rage
* Emotional numbness * Sexual problems
* Lowered self-esteem * Nightmares
* Anorexia or other eating disorders * Drug or alcohol abuse
* Suicidal urges
Post Abortion Syndrome
(Women suffering mental and emotional anguish following an abortion)
“Abortion has a painful aftermath, regardless of the woman’s religious beliefs, or how positive she may have felt beforehand about her decision to abort.”
— Vincent Rue, Ph.D. – Psychologist
Dr. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., in her study on Post Abortion Syndrome, found the following effects on women:
EVENTS RELATED TO ABORTION
· 23% had hallucinations related to the abortion
· 35% perceived visitation from the aborted child
· 54% had nightmares related to the abortion
· 69% experienced feelings of “craziness”
· 73% had flashbacks of abortion experience
· 81% had a preoccupation with the aborted child
MOST COMMON BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS AFTER ABORTION
· 61% increased their use of alcohol
· 65% had thoughts of suicide
· 69% were sexually inhibited
· 73% had flashbacks of the abortion
· 77% experienced an inability to communicate
· 81% experienced frequent crying
(Source: Pro-Life America)
Post Abortion Stress Syndrome
Avoiding Children or Pregnant Women – It is common for post-abortive people to avoid children, especially pregnant women or children that would have been around the age of their aborted child. This avoidance can include: skipping baby showers, avoiding the baby aisle at the grocery store, walking around the block to avoid a playground, or making excuses to escape events that include children or pregnant women.
Feeling “Numb” – To avoid painful thoughts after abortion, many work to shut off their emotions. That could mean abandoning friendships and family, particularly if they remind them of the abortion experience. When someone shuts down emotionally, they don’t feel sorrow or joy. Many turn to drugs or alcohol to assist in numbing these memories that result in guilt or anxiety.
Depression. Everyone is sad once in a while. After abortion, gloomy feelings can make the person feel hopeless and unlovable. They may cry uncontrollably for no reason and/or feel like they are going crazy. Perhaps they can’t eat or sleep. Others eat too much and sleep all day. The things they used to enjoy are avoided.
Thoughts of Suicide – Some post-abortive people get so sad that they think it would be easier to die than continue living. Others miss their lost child so much that they want to join them to hold them at last.
Anniversary Reminders – This “anniversary” can be the aborted child’s due date, or the date of the abortion. On these dates, individuals can feel horrible for no apparent reason. It can take years to realize these dates are related to their abortion experience.
Experiencing The Abortion Again – A post-abortive person can be suddenly transported back to the abortion clinic and remember everything in their minds. Memories can be triggered by simple sounds heard during the abortion procedure – like a vacuum cleaner or a dentist drill. For those who endured medical abortions, it can be the sound of a toilet flushing. Yearly pap tests can also resurrect these memories. Others experience ongoing nightmares involving children, perhaps in pain. They can even have the same nightmare over and over again.
Wanting To Get Pregnant Again – It is normal to want to get pregnant again as soon as possible after any pregnancy loss. Most do so out of a desire to make sure they can still have a baby. Others hope to “replace” the life that was lost during the abortion.
Fear of Infertility – A common reaction after abortion is to worry about being able to get pregnant again. Many fear they have aborted the only child they will ever have. Others suspect the abortion could have mutilated their body in some way.
Unable to Bond with Present or Future Children – If they have kids before or after the abortion, these family members can be a constant reminder of the person they aborted. This pain can result in the person distancing themselves at an emotional level or even abandoning the children, believing they are disqualified to be a parent.
Fear that Future Children Will Die – Some post-abortive people live in fear that children they had before or after the abortion could easily die. This fright can lead these parents to overprotect their children at an unhealthy level.
Eating disorders. – Episodes of anorexia or bulimia is common for people who have chosen abortion. Some get fat or thin to avoid anyone wanting them at a sexual level as that could lead to another pregnancy decision. Eating is also something an individual can personally regulate when their life feels beyond their control.
Alcohol and Drug Use – Drugs and alcohol often serves as a tranquilizer to help keep the memories of an abortion at a distance. They can help calm anxiety and promote sleep. Sadly, the overuse of these elements can lead to other problems at a mental and physical level.
(Source: Ramah International)