Anxiety as a symptom of trauma (Research and Resources)

If you’re anything like me, you spent much of your childhood worried, fretting, and anxious. At some point, you probably got medical help, since it wasn’t going away and was affecting your daily life.

Usually, professionals advise medication and/or therapy, telling you that your anxiety will always be part of your life. Rarely do they tell you why you’re anxious, though. The best explanation mainstream research has had for the last several generations is a mysterious imbalance of neurotransmitters, sometimes tied back to trauma, but not always.

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However, recent and specific research in neuroplasticity, trauma, and the human body is demonstrating that anxiety is not some mystical illness with no obvious cause.

Instead, anxiety is a symptom of trauma that you carry in your body.

It might be from traumatizing childhood or adult experiences.

And it also might be inherited through your DNA. In a study on mice, researchers found that the great-great-great-great-great grandchildren of mice were still scared of the smell of cherry blossoms, even after six generations.

So, research shows that we can carry ancestral trauma for (at least) six generations.

What has your family been through in the last 6 generations?

Chances are good they’ve been through poverty, hunger, disease, war, conflict, and any number of other traumatic experiences.

Given the difficulties of childhood, even under the best of circumstances, it’s likely that you also carry a great deal of trauma from this period, too.

I’ve been there. So has almost everyone else around you. In fact, so many people are diagnosed with anxiety today that it can’t just be “random.”

Trauma seems to be the obvious explanation, even before you consider some of the more recent research.

Science might one day be able to fully explain the roles of trauma in the human body, but for now, here are some links to more information about trauma stored as anxiety:

And here is a meditation designed to help you deeply process trauma stored as anxiety:

Trauma Release Meditation Basic Course

Invest 2 hours and $5 into learning the fundamentals of the Trauma Release Meditation (TRM). The lifelong benefits are priceless.

Published by Sarah Beach

Born and raised in rural Kentucky, Sarah Beach finds that healing is both a hobby and a passion. When she's not writing books or recording meditations, you will find her reading anything she can get her hands on, taking long walks in nature, or gulping large quantities of herbal tea.

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