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Symptoms of Post Abortion Stress Trauma

If you've experienced an abortion, your life may have changed in the following ways. We can help.

  • abusive behavior
  • alcohol and / or drug use
  • avoids baby reminders (like baby showers, baby stores, etc.)
  • changes in relationship / marriage (70% of relationships/marriages break up within 1 year of an abortion, 90% within 5 years)
  • control issues
  • crying spells
  • difficulty in all types of intimacy
  • divides time into "before" and "after" the abortion
  • eating disorders
  • fails to bond with subsequent children
  • loss of interest in sex
  • loss of normal sources of pleasure
  • marital stress
  • need of financial success
  • over-protective of living children
  • promiscuity or frigidity
  • reduced motivation
  • secretive
  • self-punishing and / or self-degrading behavior
  • sleep disturbances
  • strained relationship with living children
  • suicidal impulses
  • tolerates abusive relationships
  • wants atonement / replacement child
  • withdrawn


Your Heart Can Dance Again!

Abortion, without a doubt, can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person's life. The loss of pregnancy through abortion may be far in your past, but the memories remain. You, the father, or other family members may feel like emotions are leaving you lifeless. Your days of dancing across the room or kicking up your heels are far behind you.  You may feel alone, but you're not!  It does takes two to tango!  We specialize in coming along side you and assist you in working through this difficult time.  We know that it many cases, the pain of loss may initially be buried.  We've seen abortion trauma surface in relationship difficulties, depression or physical, psychological or spiritual problems.

ABBA Set Free is here to reach out to men, women, siblings, grandparents or anyone else that might be hurting psychologically, physically or spiritually due to an abortion. We acknowledge that this pain may not be recognized by other family members, friends or by society.

But, we KNOW your emotions exist, and we're here to help.

So, what is post-abortion stress/trauma?

PAS/T is a condition which can occur in both men and women after the abortion experience, due to unresolved psychological, physical and spiritual aspects. Family member can also be affected.  Symptoms are similar to those in any post traumatic stress disorder. Basically it is the personal struggle to work through thoughts, feelings about the abortion and previous pregnancy, and the goal to come to peace with those involved in the decision making process and ultimate loss of life. Granted some men/women are better equipped to deal with the aftermath of an abortion, but EVERYONE is changed by it!   As one woman quoted: "Once I laid on that table, I was never the same!"

Symptoms of PAS/T may not appear all together. Nor will each woman/man possess all of them. If you find that you experience between 5-7 of the following emotions, following an abortion, you might consider seeking help for post abortion stress/trauma. Note sometimes these symptoms happen immediately and sometimes these symptoms may not surface for 5-20 years following the procedure.

We can help. All services are free and confidential.

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