For many women following an abortion, negative mental health effects can ensue. Although some women may feel relief at first, it can be followed by loss, sadness, and guilt. If considering an abortion, you should speak with a trusted physician first to understand the mental health risks.
What’s the Definition of Mental Health?
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that mental health is “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” Furthermore, it says 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.”
In other words, mental wellness plays a significant role in our ability to live happy and balanced lives. Some warning signs that may indicate mental health is being negatively impacted 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
If you believe you may be suffering from a mental health condition, please talk with someone you trust. Even though you can’t always see mental illnesses, they are felt, and you deserve to feel happy and whole again.
What Mental Health Risks Can Abortion Cause?
While everyone’s experience differs, a study on the National Institute of Medicine’s website states, “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
If you have had an abortion and are facing these feelings, contact us today to help you find the healing and joy you deserve.
What If I Still Have Questions?
Reach out to us today to gain the answers and clarity you need to feel empowered and make an informed choice. We are here to support and provide you with the resources and care you deserve.