Are you struggling with negative emotions surrounding a past abortion? Just know that hope and healing are waiting for you at First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center. Our center offers support in a judgment-free, compassionate setting, so you can discuss your feelings in a safe space. Below, you will find information about signs you may be struggling from Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS), as well as the support groups we offer to women suffering from a previous abortion.
Whether you had an abortion recently or it was years ago, your feelings regarding the procedure are valid and acknowledged. Women may experience an immediate feeling of relief after a procedure, but negative feelings may set in over time. If you are feeling certain negative emotions or unexplained behavior, it could be due to Post-Abortion Syndrome, a type of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder linked to having an abortion. Post-Abortion Syndrome can be characterized by some of the following emotions and behaviors:
- Feelings of depression or severe anxiety
- Instances of substance abuse
- Negative feelings toward or inability to be around pregnant women or children
- Extreme guilt surrounding the procedure
- Feeling numb
- Flashbacks to the procedure
- Suicidal thoughts*
- Eating disorders
- Negative emotions on anniversary dates such as procedure date or expected due date
If you are experiencing any of these feelings or behaviors, contact us today to begin your healing journey.
*If you are considering harming yourself or ending your life, please know that people care about you. Call this hotline immediately for help and guidance.