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First 3 months after an abortion:

*Self-harm, strong suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.

*Increase in dangerous and/or unhealthy activities (alcohol/drug abuse, anorexia/bulimia, compulsive over-eating, cutting, casual and indifferent sex and other inappropriate risk-taking behaviors).

*Depression that is stronger than just ‘a little sadness or the blues’.

*Inability to perform normal self-care activities.

*Inability to function normally in her job or in school.

*Inability to take care of or relate to her existing children or function normally in her other relationships (i.e. with a spouse, partner, other family member or friends).

*A desire to immediately get pregnant and ‘replace’ the baby that was aborted, even when all the circumstances that led her to ‘choose abortion’ the first time are still in place.