This is a fascinating article. Although it is not entirely “bully-related,” it is still worthy of note for those that study bullying behavior as well as those who are afflicted or know someone afflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to bullying. Simply put – the harm caused to targets is not isolated to the target only. And what was once felt to be an environmental reaction to PTSD may actually be something more.
Study: PTSD Survivors’ Children May Have Genetic Scars
September 09, 2010
The Holocaust is a crime that never seems to quit. Even as the ranks of survivors grow smaller each year, the impact of that dark passage in history continues to be felt. And it’s not just the victims who feel the effects; it’s their children too.
Psychologists have long been intrigued by the emotional profile of so-called second-generation Holocaust survivors. Parents who lived through the camps were forever changed by the horrors they witnessed. In the 21st century, many – probably most – would be recognized as suffering from (PTSD). Back then, the absence of such a diagnosis also meant the absence of effective treatments. As a result, a generation of children grew up in homes in which one, and sometimes both, parents were battling untold emotional demons at the same time they were going about the difficult business of trying to raise happy kids. No surprise, they weren’t always entirely successful. (See pictures of Auschwitz after 65 years.)
Over the years, a large body of work has been devoted to studying PTSD symptoms in second-generation survivors, and it has found signs of the condition in their behavior and even their blood – with higher levels of the , for example. The assumption – a perfectly reasonable one – was always that these symptoms were essentially learned. Grow up with parents afflicted with the mood swings, irritability, jumpiness and hypervigilance typical of PTSD and you’re likely to wind up stressed and high-strung yourself. (See more on how kids are vulnerable to posttraumatic stress.)