Abortion Increases Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

From a national survey published by the Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2008, women who have had an abortion have an increased risk of suffering from anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and mood disorders.  The study involved 8,000 women and compared those who had previously had an abortion to those who had never had an abortion for 15 psychiatric disorders.  The study controlled for a wide range of personal, situational, and demographic factors.

In the study, women who had an abortion were found to have a 44% increased risk of panic attacks, a 111% increased risk of panic disorder, and a 59% increased risk of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

With regard to substance abuse disorders, a 120% increased risk was found for alcohol abuse, and a 126% increased risk for drug abuse.  Past abortions also increased the risk for mood disorders; the risk for bipolar disorder increased by 167% and a major depression by 45%-48%.

The study was led by Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor at Bowling Green State Universiy.

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