Many women feel a mix of emotions following their abortion experience. Even though women feel some sort of relief at first, it’s normally followed by loss, sadness, and guilt.
If you’re thinking about the option of abortion, you should speak with a trusted medical professional to be made aware of the potential mental health effects of abortion.
What Exactly is Mental Health?
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that mental health is “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” It continues to explain how mental health is essential because it impacts our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It can “determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.”
Mental health is an important factor in our overall health and happiness. Common warning signs that could indicate that your mental health is struggling are:
- Excessive or minimal eating or sleeping
- Distancing yourself from people and usual activities
- Having little energy
- Feeling depressed
- Feeling aches and pains
- Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- Participating in smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
Mental Health Risks Caused by Abortion
A study on the National Institute of Medicine’s website shares, “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
If you are struggling after an abortion with any of these emotions, Hope House is here for you. If you have had an abortion and are facing these feelings, contact us today to help you find the healing and joy you deserve.
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Contact us today and get clarity to make your next decision with confidence or to get the support you need if you’re struggling after an abortion. We are here to help you with the resources and care you deserve.