Post-abortion Depression

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Submitted by: Anon

I had an abortion in December 2020, it is now almost 10 months since, and I am still feeling extremely sad about it. It affects my relationship with my boyfriend and my friends as I am more distant.

I feel like something is missing. I never knew how much of a loss this would be/feel like. Almost everyday I think about it. I have flashbacks etc. I even got a tattoo to commemorate it.

People my age have started announcing their pregnancies and it’s so hard to see. I thought I was getting better, but I saw a pregnancy announcement from someone I know and now I feel like I’m back to square one.

I find myself avoiding social media. I am so sad and even jealous when I see pregnant people.

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2 responses to “Post-abortion Depression”

  1. Sydney Regan

    I feel you. I just recently had an abortion and i’m just now starting to feel the heaviness of it. I thought I was making the right decision but it feels so wrong. I feel like something is missing too. How do you even grieve something or someone you never met? I didn’t even let myself think about the baby before hand and now I feel so guilty. I miss them even though I didn’t know them. I hope we both can find peace someday….

    1. Anonymous

      Thank you for sharing your story. Similarly I feel an intense feeling of sadness seeing individuals post their pregnancy announcements & can’t help but wonder what my life would be like had I made a different choice. I pray that we all find peace for our own sakes

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