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Trauma can be genetic. Studies have found that stress affects us on a molecular level, changing our DNA. When one generation encounters severe trauma, some of those effects are passed down to the next generation, which can include addiction and related mental health issues. Recovery from trauma, however, also changes cell structure. Going to treatment for trauma and engaging in the therapeutic process can create powerful change with an intergenerational ripple effect. Unresolved trauma and resolved trauma both have an effect. We are active players in which outcome we wish to contribute to future generations.

Resolving trauma takes work, time, and energy. While many people will have the opportunity to work on their trauma and related issues, many others will not. How trauma will affect each individual varies- their physical, mental, and spiritual manifestations are different. A recent study by researchers from Tufts University and published in Translational Psychiatry found that the stress created by traumatic experiences in childhood changed men’s sperm health.

The sample size for the study was small at just 28 men, all of whom were caucasian. Researchers measured two specific type of sperm microRNAs, also called miRNAs. These miRNAs are molecules within sperm which regulate genetic code with each miRNA having domain over a specific gene. In men who were evaluated to have had a greater experience of abuse and/or trauma during their childhood, levels of miRNAs were lower. DNA sequencing is not changed by miRNAs, but the miRNAs can control the activity of genes, according to Healthline.

Intergenerational Stress

Previous studies conducted on mice have found the same genetic alterations from the first generation of a stressed male onward, even if the future generations haven’t endured traumatic stress. PTSD, post-traumatic stress syndrome utilizes and emphasizes stress for a reason. Trauma impacts the brain as well as the body through the nervous system, which helps regulate stress. When the nervous system is impaired, the way the body handles stress is impaired, creating a genetic impact. Trauma is stress. Living with trauma can be stress until the proper treatment measures are taken to relieve and heal that stress.

Healing from trauma is possible. The Guest House Ocala specializes in the treatment of trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Customizing treatment plans with a concierge-level of care, our treatment team designs a plan of healing specific to your unique needs and manifestations of your trauma. Everyone has a story. Come change yours. Call us today for information: 1-855-483-7800