Having an abortion is a big decision. You need to ensure you understand the physical and emotional risks beforehand. Many women who have had abortions experience depression and anxiety, but you may not be one of them. Find out who is more likely to struggle emotionally after an abortion.
Why Would Abortion Cause Mental Health Issues?
Every woman’s response to abortion is as unique as they are. Most women say that immediately following their abortions, they felt relief. It seemed to be a quick answer to a difficult situation. However, depending on certain circumstances, depression, guilt, and sadness can appear weeks, months, or even years later.
There are some reasons why you may experience mental health issues after an abortion. Research suggests that women diagnosed with anxiety or depression before their abortion tend to have more mental health issues afterward.
Other circumstances can contribute to a woman’s post-abortion mental health issues. For instance, if someone is pressuring her to have an abortion, a lack of support from friends and family, her experience at the clinic, or low self-esteem can all be contributing factors.
What are the Signs of Post-Abortion Mental Health Issues?
Although every woman responds differently, there are certain indications that she may be struggling with her decision. The following are some of those symptoms:
- Abortion-specific post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Feelings of shame, guilt, or anger
- Sleep disorders
Will I Have Mental Health Issues After an Abortion?
Only you and your healthcare provider can determine whether you will have post-abortion mental health issues. It’s essential to be open with your doctor and share your concerns.
If you have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, are taking anti-anxiety medications, or are talking with a mental health counselor, abortion may add to your mental health problems. It’s vital to be aware of what to expect beforehand.
Sadly, since the pandemic, mental health problems have increased for many. For 2021, the CDC reported women were more likely than men to receive mental health treatment, and the increase was highest among adults 18 to 44.
Where Can I Find Help?
At HopePlace, our trained client advocates are ready to provide you with a pre-abortion consultation and discuss your pregnancy options. They provide non-judgmental, caring support for your particular situation.
More than anything, we don’t want you to go through this alone. Contact us by phone or text, or fill out our confidential online form. We’re here for you.