While I often tend to talk about trauma, I want to discuss a specific link to current trauma that some may be experiencing and not even realize. I recently took a Trauma Survivors educational class and I learned more in-depth about the affects of Intergenerational and Multigenerational trauma.
This is a topic I’d like you to be cognizant of because of how it affects many lives today. Multigenerational trauma is trauma that was experienced in one generation of a family in the past that has an affect on future generations. Some examples of trauma that can be passed multigenerational is when there has been physical, sexual, emotional abuse, neglect of children, and domestic violence.
The class I attended dove deep but I intend to keep this article simplistic in nature so things don’t get convoluted.
The main thing that I want you to realize is that trauma experienced in one generation of a family can affect generations to come, like other inherited disorders. It can be passed down through our DNA to our children, and our children’s children – until someone steps up and heals the trauma to break the cycle.
We might have a life-long depression or anxiety that feels like ours but actually isn’t ours. We never think to work on healing it from the core root. We never think to separate it away from us because we don’t realize that biologically, when trauma takes place in a family, it can affect genes for generations.
It’s time to start healing and breaking generational trauma cycles. A good therapist can help you heal multigenerational trauma / PTSD – not only for yourself – but also for your children (or future children) and your families’ future generations to come.