Post-abortion stress or Syndrome (PAS) is the inability to resolve emotional disturbances occurring from having had an abortion. It may be an immediate or delayed reaction which can surface at any time in a person's life. When it does occur, it can be confusing, painful, and overwhelming. Symptoms may include:
Guilt, depression, anxiety, anger, feelings of emptiness, difficulty with intimacy, frequent crying, intense desire to become pregnant again, anniversary reaction, feelings of hopelessness, troubled relationships, suicidal urges, drug/alcohol abuse, nightmare, flashbacks to the abortion, anorexia or other eating disorders, difficulty in bonding with children, and alienation from God.