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New Study: Direct Link Between Abortion and Mental Health Problems
LifeNews.com ^ | November 28, 2008 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 11/28/2008 12:25:25 PM PST by SErtelt

Washington, DC -- A new research study featuring numerous controls and a national data set finds a link between abortion and psychiatric disorders. The study directly contradicts the report the American Psychiatric Association released in August claiming abortion causes no mental health issues for women.

The research team found induced abortions result in increased risks for a myriad of mental health problems ranging from anxiety to depression to substance abuse disorders.

Ultimately, the authors write that abortion is directly "responsible for more than 10% of the population incidence of alcohol dependence, alcohol abuse, drug dependence, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and bipolar disorder" among all Americans.

(Excerpt) Read more at LifeNews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; apa; mentalhealth; moralabsolutes; postabortivewomen; prolife; psychology; women

1 posted on 11/28/2008 12:25:26 PM PST by SErtelt
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True dat! A person would have to mentally ill to kill their own kid...


2 posted on 11/28/2008 12:26:43 PM PST by NeoConfederate
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To: wagglebee; cpforlife.org

ping


3 posted on 11/28/2008 12:27:50 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: SErtelt

It’s tempting to draw connections between pharma lobbying and federal funding for PP


4 posted on 11/28/2008 12:29:51 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: SErtelt

Cause or effect?


5 posted on 11/28/2008 12:31:38 PM PST by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: SErtelt

Well, ya know there are lies, damned lies and then study goups.

Cheers


6 posted on 11/28/2008 12:31:59 PM PST by ully2
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To: NeoConfederate

“A person would have to mentally ill to kill their own kid...”

Perhaps not mentally ill, but mentally defective at least.


7 posted on 11/28/2008 12:32:26 PM PST by babygene (It seems that stupidity is the most abundant element in the universe)
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To: SErtelt
This is very valuable, Steve, because when the Obama regime tries to force pro-life medical providers to refer for or perform abortions, they can point to it and say that they're exercising professionally competent, standard-of-care medicine by not referring for abortion.

It's not necessary to invoke any pro-life or freedom of religion arguments in court when you can prove that abortion is bad medical practice.

8 posted on 11/28/2008 12:32:41 PM PST by Campion
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To: SErtelt
I sat and talked with a young woman (employee) who had gone into a serious state of depression. I found her sitting alone on the step outside...shunning everyone that day.

It was the 5th anniversary of her abortion. She finally broke down and just plain cried. I didn't send her home but reminded her that she has a 3 year old son who needs a strong mom.

9 posted on 11/28/2008 12:33:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: SErtelt

I suspect abortion is a silent source of agony for millions of women. I have met only a handful of women who admitted they had aborted a child, but statistics say I must know many who never speak of it.


10 posted on 11/28/2008 12:45:51 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: SErtelt

It brings to bear the old question: What came first, the chicken or the egg? But then again, if it were up to Planned Parenthood, their would be no more chickens.


11 posted on 11/28/2008 1:01:06 PM PST by RouxStir (No peein' allowed in the gene pool.)
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To: dangerdoc
There have been many controlled studies the last 20 years showing that depression, substance abuse and posttraumatic stress are common results of the abortion experience.

This is not news to the thousands of caregivers who work with aborted women every day. Only the "official experts" of the APA's are sufficiently blind that they will not see-- for all the usual political reasons.

12 posted on 11/28/2008 1:33:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SErtelt

My BS Meter is way up there on this one. Total BS


13 posted on 11/28/2008 1:41:59 PM PST by Pilated
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The more odious the violence, the greater the deceit is needed to justify it. Therefore, the defense of partial-birth abortion has required an inexhaustible store of lies.

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14 posted on 11/28/2008 5:48:30 PM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: Pilated

Why?


15 posted on 11/28/2008 6:11:26 PM PST by lara
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bookmark.


16 posted on 11/28/2008 8:00:53 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: dangerdoc

I would think that those that suffer from these types of problems would be more likely to receive abortions. I am sure that having an abortion can cause these problems as well. This is the problem that I have with LifeNews. They don’t seem to understand that there is a big difference between causation and correlation.


17 posted on 11/28/2008 8:57:28 PM PST by ga medic
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To: SErtelt; dangerdoc; ully2; Pilated; Coleus; narses; Mr. Silverback; MHGinTN; little jeremiah; ...

I’ve got the article if anyone wants to read the methods, conclusions, discussion, etc.

“Induced abortion and anxiety, mood, and substance abuse disorders: Isolating the effects of abortion in the national comorbidity survey”
“Journal of Psychiatric Research,” In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 28 November 2008, Priscilla K. Coleman, Catherine T. Coyle, Martha Shuping, Vincent M. Rue

Data source:

“The national comorbidity survey (NCS) is widely recognized as the first nationally representative survey of mental health in the United States. The general purpose of the NCS was to study the prevalence and correlates of DSM III-R disorders and service utilization trends for these disorders (Kessler, 2008). The structured psychiatric interviews were administered by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, between September 14, 1990 and February 6, 1992.”


18 posted on 11/29/2008 8:40:32 AM PST by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.))
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To: SErtelt
The research team found induced abortions result in increased risks for a myriad of mental health problems ranging from anxiety to depression to substance abuse disorders.

It's more likely that someone who is willing to kill her unborn child because she doesn't want to deal with it or is too afraid of what people would say or doesn't want to get caught is someone who already has serious psychological problems.
19 posted on 11/29/2008 8:44:22 AM PST by aruanan
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To: SErtelt
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20 posted on 11/29/2008 1:29:11 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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21 posted on 11/29/2008 1:30:02 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: ga medic; dangerdoc

We need to break down the type of disorders, as causation is different in each one. Just for example, bipolar disorder, a genetically inherited mood disorder, cannot be “caused” by an abortion or by any traumatic experience. However, if one has bipolar disorder, certainly an abortion could trigger a depressive, manic, or even psychotic episode or series of episodes over the years, induce rapid-cycling, or any other number of problems that exacerbate the bipolar condition.

Contrast that with PTSD. You can easily imagine how a perfectly “normal” person with no predispositions to “mental” illness, no previous ailments, would suffer trauma (with effects of depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, and even suicidality), due to the long-range guilt or shame or regret of destroying her child. This is also how agoraphobia can develop. Without treatment or some means of resolution (perhaps religion), these symptoms would likely intensify over time.


22 posted on 11/29/2008 5:28:56 PM PST by baa39 (www.FightFOCA.com - innocent lives depend on you)
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To: baa39
I think it is also much for likely for a young woman who is suffering from mental illness, depression or substance addiction to have unprotected sex, and end up with an unwanted pregnancy also. I haven't had a chance to read the journal article sent by hocndoc yet, but it looks like it explores the subject more thoroughly. Obviously, an abortion is a traumatic event and could trigger all kinds of responses, but I think there is more to it than just that.
23 posted on 11/29/2008 5:51:17 PM PST by ga medic
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To: ga medic

I agree with you. These are really two different areas to study and clarify: What kind of woman has an abortion? (What are the REAL reasons?) What are the effects short and long term?

Your idea does point to abortion being pushed on women who are possibly the least able to cope with the trauma of it, if we were to establish that they probably already have either psychological or mental problems — or another large contributing factor is women who have been sexually molested, they are more likely to be sexually promiscuous. I’m not making any moral judgments why, that is just the statistic. So a woman who is emotionally vulnerable and already possibly in a more desperate state, gets convinced to kill her child, and it’s easy to imagine the results would be life-long and devastating.

I think this particular study is good in showing there are connections, but obviously I concur with you it’s not the definitive word on cause and effect and the why’s where-for’s.


24 posted on 11/29/2008 6:04:25 PM PST by baa39 (www.FightFOCA.com - innocent lives depend on you)
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To: SErtelt
A new research study featuring numerous controls and a national data set finds a link between abortion and psychiatric disorders.

Wow. No surprise to many of us, but good to have such an encompassing study back it up.

The study directly contradicts the report the American Psychiatric Association released in August claiming abortion causes no mental health issues for women.

The APA has really caved to feminazis, even just in the last decade or 2 alone.

25 posted on 11/29/2008 7:26:31 PM PST by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: ga medic
If someone has an abortion with “these types of problems” to begin with you can be sure it can send them over the edge. This is speaking from one who had ministered for years to people with great psychological problems and in their past was abortion. Ask those who are pretty far gone and you will often hear yes to “have you had an abortion”.
26 posted on 11/30/2008 12:37:26 AM PST by Bellflower (A Brand New Day Is Coming!)
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