Depression & Abortion

Last Updated: 8/25/2020

Risks of Depression

The American Psychological Association (APA) found that many of the reasons why a woman gets an abortion are the same causes that drive their depression after the abortion has happened.

The conditions that increase depression risk after abortion are:

  • Low-Income or Poverty
  • History of Violence
  • History of Drug or Alcohol Abuse
  • Previous Abortion

Other depression risk factors to keep in mind:

  • lack of social support
  • history of mental problems
  • personality traits (ex: low self-esteem)
  • features of the pregnancy (disappointment, expectations, abnormal fetus, etc.)

The exact causes of depression after abortion are still unknown.

Abortion Depression vs Abortion Grief

Depression is a mental health and mood disorder. The grief that follows the loss of a loved one can lead to deep sadness and other symptoms similar to thsoe of depression.

Feelings of grief, sadness, loss, and even regret can offur after a termination of pregnancy.

If a person's symptoms gradually improve with time it is unlikely they have depression.

However, if the symptoms persist or worsen it could indicate depression in which we suggest seeking medical help immediately.

Treatment Options

Anyone who experiences distress after a termination may find it helpful to seek the support of family, friends, or a community group.

This can help prevent feelings of grief and sadness from developing into depression.

If depression occurs, it is a treatable condition.

Treatment may involve:

  • support, for example, that of a community group or health worker
  • counseling, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • medications, such as antidepressants

Lifestyle factors that may help include:

  • eating a healthful diet
  • taking regular exercise
  • reducing stress as far as possible
  • learning relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation

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