Everyone has experienced trauma in some form. I often talk about trauma as capital “T” TRAUMA and lowercase “t” trauma. Capital “T” TRAUMA can be classified as the kind of trauma that might spring to mind when you hear the word trauma: Sexual abuse, domestic violence (experienced by you or witnessed by you as a close family member is victimized), psychological abuse, emotional abuse, spiritual abuse, having a caregiver who is mentally ill or addicted to a substance or incarcerated, or if you as a child experienced the effects of divorce, death, or neglect or abandonment.
Lowercase “t” trauma is any experience you have that you perceive as betrayal, rejection, or a lack of nourishment on physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual levels. We have all had experiences that fall into this category. Childhood is a jungle of opportunities for the joy of exploration, wonder, and awe and it’s also a time when wounding happens in ways that our undeveloped brains and untrained minds don’t yet know how to deal with.
We can also categorize trauma as “complex” or “simple”. Simple trauma is used to describe a single event, such as a car accident. Complex trauma is the result of repeated traumatic events. All forms of trauma impact brain development, the gut microbiome, genetic expression, and adult health, relationships, habits, socio-economic status, educational level, the risk for addiction, emotional and physical resilience, and general well-being. Trauma not only affects how genetics express, but genetic programming also affects how resilient you are in the face of trauma. In other words, trauma is an epigenetic event that can trigger genes coded for autoimmunity and cancer to express as disease. [Read more…] about Do You (and your Immune System) Carry the Effects of Intergenerational Trauma?