Children whose parents have a history of trauma are more likely to experience post-traumatic symptoms, depression, anxiety, hyperactive behavior, and conduct problems.
"Some of us are here to be the change makers in our family system.
We're here to end generational trauma and start passing down love, instead of pain."
- Sheleana Aiyana
Do you struggle to stay calm in apparently safe settings?
Do you have a trauma response to things that have never happened to you, but did to your ancestors?
Do you worry about how you will be a parent one day after being raised by abusive parents/guardians? Do you hope to break this cycle?
Generational, or intergenerational, trauma is a form of trauma that is passed down from one generation to the next. This type of trauma can occur from a variety of things, such as war, natural disasters, abuse, or anything else that causes stress and trauma.
If you come from a family that has experienced intergenerational trauma, you may find yourself struggling with a variety of issues. This can include anxiety, depression, PTSD without flashbacks, and may manifest as somatic and medical complications including heart disease.
There are ways to heal and process the trauma, and there is no one "right" way to heal from generational trauma. However, some things that may help include therapy, medication, support groups, and learning healthy coping mechanisms for triggering situations. It's important to find what works for you and to be patient with yourself.
If you think you may be struggling with generational trauma, it's important to reach out for help. There are resources available to you and you don't have to go through this alone. Our therapists are available to assist in your healing journey.