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The consequences of Trauma

Traumatic experiences change a victim's behavior. And researchers now know that they also affect that person's progeny. Descendants of those who've been through terrible experiences are more likely to develop depression or anxiety disorders.

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For example, they stop swimming quite quickly when placed in a container of water from which there is no escape. What’s more: the effects of trauma can be transmitted to the next generation. Children of trauma victims may be more likely to suffer from disorders such as anxiety and depression.