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Post Abortion

"Every time a woman has an abortion it just crushes her self-esteem smaller and smaller and smaller"
Dolores O’Riordan, Lead Singer, The Cranberries

Many years ago, people did not recognise the existence of grief after miscarriage. Similarly many people fail to recognise the impact of an abortion on the physical and emotional health of the mother. Dr Vincent Rue, a psychotherapist, recognised the manifestation of Post Abortion Trauma. Symptoms include:

Nightmares Self harm
Feelings of guilt or anger Drug and alcohol abuse
Eating disorders Depression
Panic attacks A sense of loss and emptiness
Relationship problems  

If you or anyone you know may be struggling after an abortion experience there are people who can listen and help you. Abortion Recovery Care & Helpline (ARCH) provide telephone one to one and group counselling sessions with a trained counsellor. Alternatively you can speak to a befriender from 7pm to 10pm every evening of the year on their Help line number:

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