Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Abused Children May Get Unique Form of PTSD

Child abuse scars not just the brain and body, but, according to the latest research, but may leave its mark on genes as well.

The research, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that abused children who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may experience a biologically distinct form of the disorder from PTSD caused by other types of trauma later in life. [...]

“In PTSD with a history of child abuse, we found a 12-fold higher [level] of epigenetic changes,” says Mehta.  In contrast, people who experienced trauma later in life showed genetic effects that tended to be short-lived, and did not permanently alter the function of the genes. [...]

1 comment :

  1. If this theory is correct, it is in line with Torah. Why, for example, are we forbidden to intermarry with the 7 nations - ie not even to convert them? Because of their moral -> genetic corruption.
    Why is a Cohen forbidden to marry a Challala? Again, this principle applies.
    Certain nations were born out of immoral acts, eg Moav - again in line with this theory.

    If correct, then it shows that PTSD was not only existent in Biblical times, but that it was one of the reasons why certain nations were forbidden to us.


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