12. Understand the Client

Look into the Mind of a Client

Identifiable symptoms linked specifically to abortion.

According to the summarization of the original 1987 studies presented to then Surgeon General C.Everett Koop, by Rue, Speckhard, Rogers and Franz, the emotional responses to abortion can be categorized as follows:

* A. Feelings of alienation, Isolation and Horror.

—-1. Fear over what has happened to the aborted baby

—-2. Fear about one’s own reproductive health and future

—-3. Fear about one’s own sanity or emotional health

—-4. Fear about one’s spiritual standing or the ability to be forgiven by a higher power

—-5. Fear of being ostracized, judged, condemned or rejected if the abortion is known.

* B. Guilt over the death of the baby

* C. Surprise over the intensity of their emotional responses with 85% of the women studied reporting shock over the high intensity of their reactions following the abortion.

* D. Re-experience of the abortion trauma which can include:

—-1. Nightmares

—-2. Auditory Hallucinations

—-3. Preoccupation with pregnancy issues and the aborted baby

—-4. Flashbacks involving somatic responses when the repressed emotion is triggered

—-5. Anniversary reoccurrence of trauma

* E. Avoidance behaviors including hyper vigilance and denial / repression

* F. Constricted activities and relationships.

* G. Substance abuse

* H. Other associated symptoms include:

—-1. Depression

—-2. Sleeping disorder

—-3. Anger and irritability

—-4. Difficulty concentrating

—-5. Suicidal ideation or tendencies

While these symptoms list is directed toward abortion exclusively, it should be noted that P.T.S.D. is also caused by numerous other negative life events.

In the cases of rape, incest, abuse and coven-related Satanic Ritual abuse experiences, P.T.S.D. symptmology is also very common.

By removing the word abortion from the above listing, you will have a qualified explanation of P.T.S.D. in it’s basic form.

The emotional injury to the mental health is very severe. It is a traumatic hurt that rarely if ever can be resolved instantaneously.

Restoration requires a process of time. While the psychologists point to these and other varied symptoms,

let us remember that it requires the Lord Jesus Christ to do the healing work in anyone’s life, especially when the cause of the pain is sin.
Be aware that working in these areas,

that you are likely to see cases of Bi-Polar Disorders,

Manic-Schizophrenia, chronic depression and suicidal tendency.

While we wish we could simply pray for everyone and watch their instantaneous healing There will always be cases you are not qualified to address.

There are those serious cases that require medical attention and care.

There are cases you will not be able to assist. These are the cases you need to know your own boundaries and limits.

You also need to research who you will refer to in those times. Talk to others in this same line of work. Who do they refer to locally? Talk to your pastor or priest. Who do they recommend?

About Choosing your professional
There is a major difference between a secular professional psychologist, a psychiatrist or a social worker and those who are Christian Counselors and social workers.

Remember, there are Christian who practice secular therapy and licensed professional who practice Christian Recovery.

The difference lies in whether they are using the tools and methodologies that disagree and disregard the Bible and are only able to treat the symptoms of man’s broken human condition or are using tools and methodologies that are supportive of the Biblical methodologies that offer true physical, emotional(mental) and eternal benefits.

As you will learn from this training, the real problems that must be dealt with are of a spiritual nature. Only when man addresses and finds correction for the sin in their life can they truly find reconciliation, redemption and restoration.

The difference between psychological help and Biblical help is the source of the healing and help.

Remember, Psalm 108:12 says it better than I can: “Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless.”

The victim of abortion must be able to see that abortion is a sin that must be dealt with at the heart and feeling level of understanding.

Man teach us how to hope to cope with life’s problems. God gives us hope to overcome and be set free from life’s problems at the root or core level.

Psalms 51:6 says “Behold, You desires truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”

You cannot treat a symptom like depression or guilt or shame or inability to forgive as a root issue.

These are symptoms. They are the leaf on a branch springing from the trunk or the root of the person.

Abortion is a broken branch that results in many ‘symptoms, but abortion is not the root problem.

It is just a broken branch on a very sick tree. If you spend your time and effort treating a symptom, it will feel better for a while and then it will rebound or come back at a higher intensity than before.

Thus, the work of serving the hurting is best done when we help the client get to the root of the problem that led to the pregnancy that led to the abortion.

Only then, can she or he be truly healed of the

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