On the third and last day of the sixth World Congress of Families being held this year in Madrid, Dr. Carmen Gómez Lavin explained the trauma that women and their families experience following an abortion. Trained as a physician and psychiatrist, Dr. Gómez Lavin has more than 35 years of experience treating women who have had abortions. The congress was held May 25-27.
Referring to post-abortion syndrome, Dr. Gómez Lavin said it is characterized by the following:
• Post-traumatic stress syndrome, brought on by the emotional and psychological damage that may emerge immediately following an abortion, or which may remain dormant for a period of time;
• Symptoms of depression and anxiety, including sadness, weeping, and anguish that may include or lead to suicidal ideation;
• Feelings of guilt or deep remorse;
• Recurrent dreams and nightmares;
• Persistence or rejection of stimuli or situations that recall the abortion;
• Changes of behavior, including disorders involving sexual relations, food and eating habits, human interaction, alcohol and drug abuse;
• Pessimism about the future, including anger and violence.
Dr. Goméz Lavin noted that elements of post-abortion syndrome may be experienced not only by the women who have undergone an abortion, but also the abortionists and others who participated and were involved in abortions