New Study Links Traumatic Stress to Molecular  DNA Damage

A study published recently Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics  concluded that  traumatic stress may induce DNA breakage, but psychotherapy may heal it. Prior research studies had established an association between traumatic stress and an increased risk for numerous diseases, including cancer.

This new  study has important implications for the treatment of PTSD in survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Injuries for victims of abuse are often categorized as “invisible” because victims look like the rest of us from all outward appearance. Most victim never tell anyone about the abuse  but instead live in silence and despair. Treatments of the future may be able to target specific damage to DNA of PTSD patients. Combined with psychotherapy, new treatment plans give hope for the future.

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