Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PTSD and PAS in the Military

News of the first Rachel's Vineyard Post-Abortion Healing Ministry offered to men and women of the Military Archdiocese stationed in Germany. Snippet:

The military lifestyle sometimes contributes to a woman or couple putting additional pressure on herself or themselves to abort a child, she said. For example, a female soldier might feel pregnancy will cause her to lose her competitive “edge” in her career, and, consequently, she might pressure herself to believe abortion is the best answer. Or a couple might want to abort their child because the husband is about to deploy.

“I have met women who have been in both of these situations and chose to abort,” said Enrique. “They both had a great regret afterwards, and their marriages almost did not survive. For one in particular, the post-traumatic stress she encountered after her abortion ended her promising military career.”

According to Enrique, post-abortion symptoms are a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), called Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). PTSD is a common diagnosis among soldiers who have been to the war zone. Some symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, regret, hypersensitivity, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. The same symptoms may occur with a woman who has had an abortion, and sometimes not show up until 10 or 20 years later.

“What’s really difficult is when a soldier who is suffering from PTSD returns from a war zone to a wife who is suffering her own version of PTSD due to abortion,” Enrique said. “The results could be catastrophic for the marriage.”

Read the whole thing here at the National Catholic Register.

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