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November 29, 2021

What is Intergenerational Trauma? How Does it Affect You?

Intergenerational trauma is defined as trauma that can be passed down from those who directly experience an incident (violence, addiction, or poverty) to future generations. This type of trauma is believed to be transmitted both behaviorally and genetically. Trauma can alter how genes function and affect a victim’s behavior. When we experience a traumatic event, big or small, we have both emotional and physical reactions. The way a person may choose to cope with their trauma can be transmitted physiologically, environmentally, and socially from one generation to the next. Exposure to intergenerational trauma can have physical, emotional, and mental lifelong effects on children. To keep future generations from suffering the same trauma, it is important to speak to a therapist. Seeking professional counseling can help you recognize harmful patterns and break the cycle of intergenerational trauma. There are other resources listed below to support you on your journey in healing.

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