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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged depression

Jun 10 '14
"…it is clear that some women do experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety. However, the TFMHA reviewed no evidence sufficient to support the claim that an observed association between abortion history and mental health was caused by the abortion per se, as opposed to other factors."

Mental Health and Abortion - American Psychological Association

There is no such thing as “post-abortion syndrome” or “post-abortion stress syndrome.”

Jun 7 '14
"Women obtain abortions for different reasons; at different times of gestation; via differing medical procedures; and within different personal, social, economic, and cultural contexts. All of these may lead to variability in women’s psychological reactions following abortion. Consequently, global statements about the psychological impact of abortion on women can be misleading."

Mental Health and Abortion - American Psychological Association

Saying “Abortion Hurts Women” ignores the millions of people it doesn’t hurt. It decontextualizes and weaponizes the pain of those who are hurting.

Jun 1 '14

abortionconfessions:

I had my abortion in March this year and at the time it didn’t feel real, three months later and I just wanna kill myself…I hate myself for it


Admin: Please don’t be so hard on yourself

Please seek help. You don’t deserve to feel hatred toward yourself. You are a good person who made the best choice you could at the time.

Exhale will support you no matter how you feel, no matter how long it’s been. There are more hotlines here. If things are getting dark, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

You deserve to heal. You deserve to live.

May 26 '14

Anonymous asked:

Is it possible to suffer postpartum depression after an abortion..? This Saturday will be a month since I had one. I've already been diagnosed with depression but I'm everything lately seems worse and my mother mentioned postpartum to me but I was curious if that's true. And also am open to some suggestions on what to do to help. Thank you 😔

provoice:

geronimo-wayward-sons:

provoicesupportblog:

Postpartum specifically refers to “after child birth”. However, it is very possible to experience depression after having an abortion, and the symptoms and emotions can be very similar. Many women find themselves battling depression after abortion. Have you thought about going to talk to someone, perhaps the person who diagnosed you? You can also call Exhale to talk about how you’re feeling- (888) 474-8149. We’re here to listen and support you. When people are depressed its hard to be the same person they once were, and do they things they used to. What are some things you love to do? Maybe its running, spending time with friends, or maybe its something as simple as watching your favorite tv show on Tuesday nights. Whatever it is, if you could slowly work these activities back into your life I think you would be on a road toward healing. Some days just getting out of bed is a victory, make sure to be compassionate with yourself, and celebrate these small victories. Here are some self-care tips to try when you feel up to it http://provoicesupportblog.tumblr.com/post/59467518703/post-abortion-self-care

Honestly, I cried my eyes out every night for almost 2 months after my abortion, and I still get pretty sad over it sometimes but it’s much better now (5 months later). Whether it was for different or the same reasons, I give you this it of advice -
Don’t let it consume you. Yes, cry until your eyes feel like they’re on fire and it’s hard to breathe and your throat feels like it’s choking you, but then when it’s over you gotta go take a shower, eat a cookie, and go do something you love. Don’t be alone at this point and time. Nobody has to know why you suddenly want to hang out with people all the time, if they ask just tell them you’re going through some stuff and it’s easier when you’re out having fun with friends. Just don’t be alone. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself - keeping your hygiene up, enjoying good foods, doing whatever activities you take pleasure in, keeping friends and family close. This is going to be hard for a while, but in time it will get easier. I won’t say it’ll get better because sometimes it still comes back and I have a million questions about what would have happened, but it gets a whole lot easier. Talking to someone helps, so the exhale line would be great, Speaking of which, I know you don’t know me but if you EVER need someone to talk to who’s had this experience very recently, I’m absolutely here for you. Even if you just need someone to listen and do their best to understand what you’re going through, I’m here. It does get easier, I promise.

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May 20 '14

The idea that abortion harms self-esteem and mental health has been the driving force behind many abortion restrictions, such as waiting periods, forced ultrasounds, and mandated anti-abortion counseling.

Using data from the Turnaway Study, which examines what happens to people who get abortions compared to people who are denied abortions (turnaways), researchers found that this commonly-held belief has little basis in reality.

Apr 27 '14
Apr 24 '14

Common Lies Told By Crisis Pregnancy Centers

expose-cpcs:

Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.

1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer

Truth: Every reputable cancer institute and OB/GYN organization has said this is false and based on poor research. [source] [source]

2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility

Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]

3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems

Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]

4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous

Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]

5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work

Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.

Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]

6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion

Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]

7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies

Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]

8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion

Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]

Feb 19 '14

Fumbled citations!

I’ve fixed it now, but the post I made rebutting falsehoods about Planned Parenthood has a bad link. The American Psychiatric Association used to have a page on abortion and mental health, which has disappeared, and I accidentally linked to the American Psychological Association twice. Both of these organizations have refuted the existence of post-abortion stress syndrome, a disorder manufactured by the pro-life movement to bolster their claims that abortion is dangerous to mental health.

The American Psychiatric Association is in charge of writing the DSM, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the universal classification and diagnostic tool for psychiatrists. The updated version, DSM-V, was published in 2013. Until they get their page up again, just know that PASS is not and has never been included in the DSMs I through V. While emotions vary after abortion, and many do feel guilt, regret, anger, or sadness (all of which are valid and deserving of care and attention), without its inclusion in the DSM-V, PASS is not a legitimate diagnosis.

Feb 16 '14
p-a-r-a—d-o-x:

Alright , so here’s the thing. Hell yeah , I’m pro choice , but does that mean I’m gonna be all for abortions ? Hell no. They’re horrible. They’re horrible because of the way they’re done. Also , most of the time , after a woman gets an abortion , she has to go through sometimes years or therapy sometimes for the rest of her life. It haunts her for the rest of her life. The only reason I am pro choice is because I’m not about telling people how to live their life. But just because someone is pro life doesn’t mean they’re going to blow everyone up. Or shoot people. So how about we stop assuming everyone that doesn’t have the same opinion as you is trying to kill people.

Your statement about mental health after abortion is wrong. The American Psychological Association concluded that abortion does not cause mental harm. Studies showing otherwise have been debunked, 90% of patients feel relief, and even in patients who feel negative emotions after their abortion, 80% said it was the right choice.
Regardless, some people do feel negative or conflicting emotions, and there are four pro-choice/pro-voice hotlines in the U.S. they can call if they need to talk. If you want to read stories from real people who had abortions, check out my Abortion Experiences page.
I’m not even going to address the absurdity that is insisting people let down their guard and stop being so mean to an historically violent, misogynistic movement. This isn’t about differing opinions, this is about dignity and survival.

p-a-r-a—d-o-x:

Alright , so here’s the thing. Hell yeah , I’m pro choice , but does that mean I’m gonna be all for abortions ? Hell no. They’re horrible. They’re horrible because of the way they’re done. Also , most of the time , after a woman gets an abortion , she has to go through sometimes years or therapy sometimes for the rest of her life. It haunts her for the rest of her life. The only reason I am pro choice is because I’m not about telling people how to live their life. But just because someone is pro life doesn’t mean they’re going to blow everyone up. Or shoot people. So how about we stop assuming everyone that doesn’t have the same opinion as you is trying to kill people.

Your statement about mental health after abortion is wrong. The American Psychological Association concluded that abortion does not cause mental harm. Studies showing otherwise have been debunked, 90% of patients feel relief, and even in patients who feel negative emotions after their abortion, 80% said it was the right choice.

Regardless, some people do feel negative or conflicting emotions, and there are four pro-choice/pro-voice hotlines in the U.S. they can call if they need to talk. If you want to read stories from real people who had abortions, check out my Abortion Experiences page.

I’m not even going to address the absurdity that is insisting people let down their guard and stop being so mean to an historically violent, misogynistic movement. This isn’t about differing opinions, this is about dignity and survival.

Sep 1 '13
Jun 23 '13
"We often talk about the “school-to-prison pipeline” for boys —but for girls, it is a totally different narrative, more readily identified as the “sexual-violence-to prison pipeline.” According to the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention, approximately 600,000 girls are arrested in the U.S. annually. Most of these girls are remanded for non-violent offenses such as truancy, running away, loitering, alcohol and substance use, and violations to prior court orders for non-violent status offenses. Moreover, evidence shows that 73 percent of girls in juvenile detention have previously suffered some form of physical or sexual abuse. This abuse is often the factor that propelled the child into the juvenile justice system, as it is often the abuse that is the root cause of the girls’ running away, becoming truant, substance abuse, etc. Family court judges and detention center staff are rarely provided appropriate trauma training and are generally unaware of the damaging impact of policies such as strip searches, physical restraints, and particularly solitary confinement on survivors of physical and sexual abuse and trauma. There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the severe psychiatric consequences of placing individuals, and particularly children in solitary confinement. Prisoners who have experienced solitary confinement have been shown to engage in self-mutilation at much higher rates than the average population. These prisoners are also known to attempt or commit suicide more often than those who were not held in isolation. In fact, studies show that juveniles are 19 times more likely to kill themselves in isolation than in general population and that juveniles in general, have the highest suicide rates of all inmates in jails. Despite all these facts, when girls in the juvenile justice system express evidence of or the desire to self harm, the typical response is to put them in solitary confinement. While these girls are being placed in solitary for their own protection, there is no consideration given to the fact that such practices deepen existing trauma."

Yasmin Vafa, “Invisible Prisoners: Why Are So Many Girls Placed in Solitary Confinement?” (via politicsoflocation)

I really need to make a post about the higher rates of suicide and arrest among adopted and foster children (most of whom are girls, given that girls are more frequently in demand as “orphans”), wherein even outside the juvenile justice system and psychiatric wards, isolation, forcible restraint, and sensory deprivation are often mandated. [MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING for linked contents]

(via brandx)

Jun 4 '13
zeonhime:

[deleted for brevity: Bébinn]
There is only one thing I disagree about in this post, and that is PASS, or post abortion stress syndrome. While the community doesn’t want to recognize it as a real thing, as someone who has had an abortion and suffered through it as well as aided other women as they struggled the same exact stages as I did, I am here to tell you that it is very real and it effects more women than people would like to think. Not every woman walks away from an abortion guilt free and not every woman has no needed after care for mental health related issues. If you do research you will find that there is a surprisingly large number of women who have had severe break downs and there are many support groups out there for women who struggle with PASS, and these groups do not label as either pro-life or pro-health. It is also not a “you read it and think you have it”, I had no idea PASS existed until I was many months into the most severe depression of my life. Discovering PASS existed and that I wasn’t alone was what saved my life. So please do not discount it as something that isn’t real: you are taking away from women who do suffer it and who feel completely alone.

Thank you for writing this, and I’m sorry this came off as if I were implying that nobody feels sad, guilty, or regretful after getting an abortion. That is absolutely not true - there is a wide range of abortion experiences and they are all valid. If an abortion experience or the circumstances surrounding it are traumatic (for example, indecision, abuse, desire to continue a pregnancy but no resources to do so, poor treatment by medical staff, etc.), then symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression can certainly arise. There are many support groups and hotlines for people who need them after an abortion, and I’ve made a list of hotlines you can find on the Abortion Assistance Blog.
What I was saying is that post-abortion stress syndrome is not recognized by either the American Psychiatric Association, nor the American Psychological Association. PA[S]S is a term created by Vincent Rue, an anti-choice advocate, and its statistics have been manipulated and greatly inflated by anti-choice think tanks in order to push an anti-abortion agenda. Valid research does not support a generalized link between abortion and mental illness. Instead, what’s most commonly found is that the people who suffer emotionally and mentally after an abortion have experiences I listed in the above paragraph, as well as/or a previous history of depression, anxiety, etc. This article in the New York Times, “Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?" explains most of that.
Again, I’m very sorry I didn’t make that point clear. While the majority of people feel relief after an abortion, there are plenty who don’t, and it’s incredibly important to support them.

zeonhime:

[deleted for brevity: Bébinn]

There is only one thing I disagree about in this post, and that is PASS, or post abortion stress syndrome. While the community doesn’t want to recognize it as a real thing, as someone who has had an abortion and suffered through it as well as aided other women as they struggled the same exact stages as I did, I am here to tell you that it is very real and it effects more women than people would like to think. Not every woman walks away from an abortion guilt free and not every woman has no needed after care for mental health related issues. If you do research you will find that there is a surprisingly large number of women who have had severe break downs and there are many support groups out there for women who struggle with PASS, and these groups do not label as either pro-life or pro-health. It is also not a “you read it and think you have it”, I had no idea PASS existed until I was many months into the most severe depression of my life. Discovering PASS existed and that I wasn’t alone was what saved my life. So please do not discount it as something that isn’t real: you are taking away from women who do suffer it and who feel completely alone.

Thank you for writing this, and I’m sorry this came off as if I were implying that nobody feels sad, guilty, or regretful after getting an abortion. That is absolutely not true - there is a wide range of abortion experiences and they are all valid. If an abortion experience or the circumstances surrounding it are traumatic (for example, indecision, abuse, desire to continue a pregnancy but no resources to do so, poor treatment by medical staff, etc.), then symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression can certainly arise. There are many support groups and hotlines for people who need them after an abortion, and I’ve made a list of hotlines you can find on the Abortion Assistance Blog.

What I was saying is that post-abortion stress syndrome is not recognized by either the American Psychiatric Association, nor the American Psychological Association. PA[S]S is a term created by Vincent Rue, an anti-choice advocate, and its statistics have been manipulated and greatly inflated by anti-choice think tanks in order to push an anti-abortion agenda. Valid research does not support a generalized link between abortion and mental illness. Instead, what’s most commonly found is that the people who suffer emotionally and mentally after an abortion have experiences I listed in the above paragraph, as well as/or a previous history of depression, anxiety, etc. This article in the New York Times, “Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?" explains most of that.

Again, I’m very sorry I didn’t make that point clear. While the majority of people feel relief after an abortion, there are plenty who don’t, and it’s incredibly important to support them.

(Source: bebinn)

Apr 11 '13
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What these legislators do not understand is that pregnancy does not suddenly heal a person. If a person requires psychiatric drugs to function every day, that does not disappear with the onset of pregnancy. Pregnancy does not protect against a future bout of extreme depression, either. You would think that those who desperately want people to stay pregnant would do everything in their power to help those who struggle with mental and physical complications, including addiction.

And yet, what happens to a pregnant person who succumbs to debilitating depression and tries to inflict self-harm? In the case of Bei Bei Shuai, criminal charges. Possible imprisonment. Bei Bei Shuai ingested rat poison to end her own life…This woman was in living hell, and now she awaits trial for losing her baby ten days after her suicide attempt…If she is convicted, we all lose. Just as we all lose every time someone is punished for choosing how and when to deliver, or punished for continuing to battle addiction while pregnant (rather than being offered treatment), or punished for not wanting to be pregnant yet. If Bei Bei Shuai is convicted, it sends a message that those who are pregnant cannot have the same difficulties and pain that other people have. They must simply, magically heal, or bravely suffer through without choice. And that is true cruelty.

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Jul 25 '12
Jul 21 '12

FACTS

god-is-prochoice:

prolife4life:

A survey of post-abortive women found that:

28% attempted suicide

31% experienced suicidal feelings

60% commented that the decision to abort made their lives worse

94% regretted the decision to abort
“Survey of Reaction to Abortion,” The Post Abortion Review, Fall 1994, pp. 6-8.

Oh, would you look at that? Seems like only biased, non-peer-reviewed pro-life websites seem to cite this bullshit. Too bad I already linked you to actual statistics that prove this wrong.

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Let’s see, what else:

  1. The study is 13 years old.
  2. The journal is published by the Elliot Institute, which has a clearly stated anti-abortion stance.
  3. The creator of the Elliot Institute, David Reardon, has a Ph.D. from an unaccredited university and is well-known for misrepresenting his credentials. Also, the NYT called him the Moses of anti-abortion activists.

I can see how full of shit the “study” would be without even looking at it. Next time you want to play the game, you may want to learn the rules and why these kinds of studies are, more often than not, completely invalid.