Posted by: BPD Society of BC | November 22, 2011

Groundbreaking research suggests impact of trauma crosses generation

Dr. Isabelle Mansuy and colleagues provide groundbreaking research in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry, that the impact of trauma cannot only be biologically inherited from one generation to the next (parent to child), but also cross inherited through multiple generations (grandparents to grandchildren). These inherited genes do not change the DNA sequence, but rather effect the regulation of  gene pattern expression (epigenetic change).

Implications of this study are far reaching for various mental illnesses including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The research suggests an even closer relationship between biological and environmental factors than previously thought. This new understanding of how the brain works in the development of mental illness could lead to new and novel ways to both prevent and treat mental illnesses such as BPD.

To see the actual study please go here
To see an article on the study please go here

 

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