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Peter Wallace

How Abortion Destroys Mental Health?

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Peter Wallace, (2017, May 21). How Abortion Destroys Mental Health?. Psychreg on General. https://www.psychreg.org/abortion-mental-health/
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Abortion has been quite a sensitive topic throughout most of the known history of the modern world. There are tons of arguments for and against abortions, thus dividing people into two camps – known as pro-life and pro-choice sides of the debate. However, there’s one thing that is often forgotten: abortion depression.

You can try looking for examples and samples of this phenomenon. Anyway, why do women seek psychologists after abortions? There are several reasons behind that, and they point at the idea that abortion may not be the best decision, and it could lead to changes in mental health.

Three words: Post-abortion syndrome

Also known as PAS. Basically, it is a mental turmoil that women experience after abortion. The list of symptoms is quite broad. You could begin with things such as anxiety, depression, and other generally adverse psychological effects. Try looking up for an abortion essay or related free essays. You’re likely to find lots of information that can be quite shocking or unsettling – guess it depends on your knowledge of different psychological disorders.

Potential consequences of post-abortion syndrome

So, this can be classified as abortion depression. Symptoms are quite similar, and the reason for them is an emotional turmoil caused by an abortion. It is widely known that depression, at its core, is a long-term form of mental exhaustion that can lead to disastrous consequences. While you might find a college essay about that, I’m gonna briefly list them:

  • Suicide
  • Self-injury
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Various addictions
  • Problems with relationships

The possibility of these consequences is strengthened by the fact that lots of women go through things such as denial, anger, doubt, and guilt after performing an act. So, the list of potential adverse outcomes is frightening, and that is one of the reasons why do women seek psychologists after abortions.

If a woman doesn’t get herself together after an abortion, it is highly likely that she’s going to suffer through the post-abortion syndrome and potentially develop unhealthy and disastrous habits and behaviours, which is quite common among the younger population, such as college students.

Prolonged depression has other consequences

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is a whole sector of psychology dedicated to abortion mental health for a reason. Abortion depression that is enhanced by denial, anger doubt, and guilt can grow into quite severe mental disorders. For example, extended exposure to these feelings can lead to the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which causes a person to get ‘stuck’ on an idea or act thus leading to illogical and irrational acts just to calm down that feeling of being ‘stuck’.
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder. Yet another horrible potential mental risk for those who went through this experience. You have likely heard of soldiers who are experiencing panic attacks, lose a grip on reality, and do other things just because they are still out there, in the field of a war zone, in a mental manner. A similar thing can happen to a woman after abortion, so this is yet another reason why do women seek psychological after abortions.


As you can see, there are lots of examples and samples of adverse psychological effects of abortion on women. You could write a whole college abortion mental health essay and explore the potential outcomes of this procedure.

Post-abortion syndrome is quite a common disorder among women who went through an abortion, and it could lead to other issues. For example, obsessive-compulsive disorder could lock a person in a loop of thoughts and emotions, thus greatly harming psychological well-being. Posttraumatic stress disorder could have similarly disastrous consequences. All-in-all, this topic is quite complex and requires lots of considerations.


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Peter Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh.

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