Grief and regret are intangible feelings, but they often feel like strong forces, affecting us physically, emotionally, and mentally. If you recently had an abortion, and you are facing waves of emotion, you are not alone. Many women regret their abortion decision.
Our team wants to walk alongside you during this emotional season, to help you remember your value and purpose. We are here for you.
Common Feelings After an Abortion
A number of women already struggle with mental health prior to their abortion and are at a greater risk for increased mental health complications after abortion. If you are experiencing any of these mental health symptoms, you are not alone, and your mind is more than capable of being healed.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, common feelings associated with an abortion procedure include:
- Sleep problems and bad dreams
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of self-esteem or self-confidence
- Feelings of isolation/loneliness
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion (TFMHA) concluded that “it is clear that some women do experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.”
How to Handle the Negative Emotions After an Abortion
When you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, it can be tempting to isolate yourself and to hide your emotions from others. You may feel that if you were to share your negative emotions, you would become a burden to your loved ones.
It is imperative to understand the necessity for personal connection during difficult times. Share your emotions with those you trust most. Seek out professional help from a credible therapist. Resist the urge to bottle your emotions.
Sorting out your thoughts verbally will help you understand how you feel, positioning yourself for mental healing. Our staff at Mosaic Health is here for you.
If you need someone to talk to about your abortion experience and the negative emotions associated, we would love to give you resources to empower you. Don’t hesitate, to contact us today. You are not alone.