Are you struggling emotionally after an abortion? You are not alone. Many women and men experience physical and emotional side effects after an abortion.
While emotional side effects are not unusual, if left unaddressed, they can develop into serious mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and suicide.
Taking steps to process and heal emotionally after an abortion is essential in protecting your overall health. Below are some steps to help you begin your healing journey.
1. Acknowledge Your Emotions
Abortion is a serious procedure and can be a traumatic experience for some women and men.
If you feel that you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are using drugs or alcohol to cope, please seek help right away from a mental health professional.
Acknowledging emotional trauma and understanding what it is can be a powerful first step in your emotional healing process.
Mental health experts define emotional trauma as “damage or injury to the psyche after living through an extremely frightening or distressing event and may result in challenges in functioning or coping normally after the event.”
Symptoms of emotional trauma can include:
- Sadness or Sorrow
- Feeling of Loss
- Regret or Guilt
- Emotional Pain
- Anger or Rage
- Suicidal Impulses
- Self-destructive Behavior
2. Find Support
Talking through your feelings and how they relate to your trauma can seem scary or overwhelming. It takes strength to ask for help. It may help to speak with someone you trust. Someone who will care well for you and will be a supportive listening ear. There are also after abortion healing groups that are available to you. We can help connect you to one near you!
Remember, it takes time to heal. Give yourself grace. There is no magic formula or timetable for your healing.
3. Getting Help
Choices offers several different options for after-abortion healing. In-person, virtual groups, and individual one on one sessions led by trained facilitators.
If you need help processing your decision, before, during or after – Contact us today
No judgment, no pressure.
We get it because we’ve been there.