Post-abortion syndrome occurs after an abortion and can be experienced by both men and women. Symptoms are similar to those in any post-traumatic stress disorder and may involve psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual distress. Basically, it is the personal struggle to work through thoughts and feelings about an abortion. The ultimate goal is to come to peace with those involved in the decision to end the life of a child. Reactions to an abortion will vary from person to person but everyone involved in the decision will be changed by it. One of our clients said, "I came to the clinic through the front door. I left through the back door, a different person."
Symptoms of post-abortion syndrome will vary, and those affected by abortion will not possess all signs of the disorder. In fact, some symptoms may not surface until five to twenty years following an abortion. If you find that you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PASS (post-abortion stress syndrome), please call ARISE at 423-266-8322 and speak with a post-abortion counselor today.
Common symptoms of Post Abortion Stress Syndrome
•Emotionally cold and unresponsive
•Alcohol and/or drug use
•Anxiety over fertility and childbearing issues
•Loss of interest in sex OR increased sexual activity or high risk behavior
•Avoidance of baby reminders (like baby showers, baby stores, etc.)
•Over-protection of living children
•Pre-occupation with becoming pregnant again
•Strained relationship with living children
•Resentment toward those who were involved in the abortion decision
Think you may be suffering from PASS? You can also take our Self-Assessment Test.