Identifying Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS)

If three or more of the symptoms listed below describe what you have been going through recently, chances are you are experiencing PAS.

1. Guilt

2. Psychological “numbing”

3. Depression and thoughts of suicide:

  • Sad mood
  • Sudden and uncontrollable crying episodes
  • Deterioration of self-concept
  • Sleep, appetite and sexual disturbances
  • Reduced motivation
  • Disruption in interpersonal relationships
  • Thoughts of suicide

4. Nightmares

5. Re-experiencing the abortion

6. Preoccupation with becoming pregnant again

7. Anxiety over fertility and childbearing issues

8. Interruption of the bonding process with present and/or future children

9. Anger / Rage

10. Development of eating disorders

11. Alcohol / Drug abuse

12. Other self-punishing or self-degrading behaviors

Information on PAS was taken from Focus on the Family Booklet, “Identifying and Overcoming Post-Abortion Syndrome” by Teri Reisser, M.S. and Paul Reisser, M.D.