According to several studies, there is a connection between mental health effects and abortion. Women considering an abortion should understand what these impacts are and how they relate to abortion. Some mental health impacts are:
Can You Define Mental Health?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.”
Since staying in a state of good mental health is vital to our health and happiness, knowing when symptoms present a mental health problem is equally important. Some manifestations indicating this may be:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
Contact a trusted medical professional immediately if you think you might be experiencing a mental health issue or developing unhealthy mental well-being. Even though mental health cannot always be seen, it still deserves attention and helps to preserve our overall health and well-being.
Does Abortion impact Mental Health?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, although some women will experience relief after an abortion, it is also common to experience sadness, stress, or guilt.
Although abortion is a controversial topic, a study published by the National Library of Medicine states, “Common ground exists regarding the very basic fact that at least some women have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
Lastly, depression can be a risk of abortion that women should be aware of and seek help should symptoms persist.
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