PTSD and CPTSD Can Be Handed Down from Depression Era Grandparents?

Are you constantly wrestling with the fear of losing your cool? Maybe you’re unsure why you can’t get a hold of your emotions at times, or you find yourself fretting for no clear reason...hold on you just might find the origin today!

The positive aspect of discovering your symptoms are a result of CPTSD is when you can trace the root. Perhaps, this revelation will give you the needed succor or a link to a cure. It’s not always about what’s happened to you along your journey but also who you came from and who they came from.


Due to the alarming reports on PTSD and CPTSD, medical research has been able to come up with the term transgenerational trauma, a psychological theory that supports the notion that trauma can be passed down from one generation to another. That traumatic parents can transfer this energy through complex post-traumatic stress disorder system known as epigenetics; thus, likening it to other hereditary health conditions like diabetes, High Blood pressure, and the rest.

What Else Do We Know About The Theory?

Though the theory is an emerging one, the findings from children of the holocaust survivors expressed Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) symptoms, which gave more hope to the trueness of this theory. Because they are the CHILDREN of the survivors, they weren’t actually there. Interestingly, the research also carries reports of depression and other traumatic symptoms being visible in children of survivors of the American civil war.

Since the epigenetic theory is still in its infancy with few supporting theories, what appears to be a more vivid carrier or mode of transmission of these genes are the immediate parents. Evidently seen is the overprotectiveness, parents (the children of traumatized survivors) express over their children in a reflex motive of protecting them from harm. This has resulted in a fearful living and occasional panic, making the children believe life outside their living room was full of dangers.

As you can guess, the children learned this attitude, got it internalized, and grew up living the caged life. Somehow, they found a way of transferring the same fearful message and notions into their children too. With this unconscious transmission of ideas, it is very unlikely to have the grandchildren escape post-traumatic stress disorder or complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

The signs to look out for include, finding it difficult to sustain relationships, self-hate, and other forms of resentment that climax into depression.

Is there a possible breakthrough or hope to break the cycle?

Yes! Thankfully, there is a way out. Therapies are now available to specifically address CPTSD triggers for those suffering as well as those related to sufferers.

  • Firstly, government counseling centers address toxic family backgrounds especially where PTSD/CPTSD diagnoses are found

  • Consult a therapist, or countless social networks and communities are encouraging better family relationship as a way of defeating PTSD and CPTSD

  • Many life coaches and intimacy life coaches address the sense of “self”. This is incredibly successful for those trying to break family secrets and unhealthy cycles, and truly find happiness within their interdependence

Wrapping It Up

So, for anyone fighting CPTSD, a helpful guide would be to inquire from your parents, or immediate loved ones, about the possibility of having grandparents with trauma history.

If you have one, then you don’t need to wait for the symptoms to declare themselves, take a step to guard yourself with healing.

Remember, the fight to cure CPTSD is a one that can be won, and it may very well start with your acknowledgment and questions of family history.

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