The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 6, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 237 pages
Two psychotherapists present a supportive guide to coping with the emotional and psychological aftermath of abortion, offering a step-by-step program that combines information, reassurance, and guidance to help women begin the process of recovery.

“This is a book for any women who feels psychological pain from her abortion…this is not a book about judgment, politics, or religion.” –from the authors’ introduction

Few women can walk away from the experience of abortion without some lingering emotional discomfort. Unresolved feelings of guilt, shame, and sadness may not surface until months, often years, after an abortion. We may lead outwardly normal lives, but these emotions can continue to cast a shadow, having a negative impact on personal relationships, coloring our moral or religious beliefs, even causing anxiety when we deal with a planned pregnancy. These feelings, if ignored, can possibly manifest themselves in more troubling ways, resulting in unstable relationships, self-destructive and addictive behaviors, depression, and low self-esteem.

Now, two experienced psychotherapists share their approach to dealing with sensitive and long-overlooked issue of post-abortion pain or trauma. The Healing Choice breaks the silence surrounding a topic often clouded by debate and focuses exclusively on helping women chart a path toward emotional recovery. Through a step-by-step process, complete with self-tests, exercises, and interviews with women who share their own post-abortion experiences, Dr. Candace De Puy and Dr. Dana Dovitch will help you come to terms with your post-abortion emotions and offer support as you begin the process of healing.
 

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The Healing Choice

User Review  - mayahfrank - Overstock.com

A must read for any woman who has had an abortion. This book offers a nonpartisan nonjudgmental guide to dealing with the complex emotions that can follow an abortion. I used this book to help me deal ... Read full review

Great book on lifes lessons

User Review  - Innocent bystander - Borders

This is an incredibly insightful book which should be read by any and all who have ever been in the position to decide on the life of a fetus. Men and women alike should read this. I only wish I had gotten a copy of it sooner. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
77e Pregnancy
23
The Abortion
43
Separation Solitude and Isolation
63
Guilt
87
Anger
111
Spirituality and Religion
134
Facing Loss
159
The Process of Healing
183
Acceptance
206
Selected Bibliography
217
Index
231
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