AFTER ABORTION SUPPORT
Break the Silence – Finding healing after your abortion is a phone call away. Our after abortion support is free and confidential.
Choices provides a safe place to talk about your abortion experience. Whether you had an abortion many years ago or very recently, we understand that you may need to talk through your emotions and feelings surrounding your abortion. Confidential support is available to anyone who has had an abortion, or to those who have been touched by abortion such as partners, family or friends.
We offer one-on-one and group support that meet regularly and provide safe, confidential care. Many of our trained staff and volunteers have been exactly where you are and want to help you live fully and freely. Contact after abortion support and break the silence today.
Contact After Abortion Support: (423) 266-8322
Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS)
Post-Abortion Stress 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 of their abortion experience, “I came to the clinic through the front door. I left through the back door, a different person.”
Common symptoms of Post Abortion Stress Syndrome
- Emotionally cold and unresponsive
- Suicidal impulses
- Alcohol and/or drug use
- Eating Disorders
- 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/struggle bonding with living children
- Resentment toward those who were involved in the abortion decision
- Remembering the anniversary of the abortion or due date
Symptoms of Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome will vary, and those affected by abortion will not possess all signs of the syndrome. Some people’s symptoms surface immediately, while other’s may not surface for years following the abortion.
If you feel you may be struggling with PASS, please contact us today.
Erika D. Hogans
Nurse - BSN, RN
The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Registered Nurse Erika D. Hogans.