Cultural-Generational Clash or PTSD

Trauma/PTSD passed on
within Families for Generations

by War Trauma Survivor Christel B. D’Agostino, MSW, LCSW-R, CtH

I have been emphasizing in my writing how to conquer post-combat stress and symptoms of PTSD. As a war trauma survivor I had created my Universal Vibrational Therapy TM over twenty years ago to heal my own trauma. My “Healing PTSD Trauma” CD set will allow you to heal your trauma too.

My “Healing PTSD Trauma” method was also designed to resolve the invisible wounds that you, a survivor of intergenerational trauma or transgenerational trauma, may be experiencing. Transgenerational or intergenerational trauma means that an emotional trauma has been passed down within families from one generation to the next. It tends to afflict families, exposed to the most horrendous atrocities in their country of origin, e.g. genocide like it happened in Cambodia. This subject has been taboo in your family. You may be clueless why your parents are always stressed out and why their behavior is so irrational. There is no need to fear that it is genetic. You get extremely anxious or hyperaroused when your parents are. From your perspective your parents are still stuck in ‘awkward’ customs of their native country and give you a hard time. You have no idea that their condition is called post-traumatic stress, PTSD, as is yours.

An outsider may assume a generational clash is taking place between you, the child, and your parent, aggravated by different cultural customs.

So here you are, trying to find out why you feel the way you do. You have experienced a childhood trauma of a very special kind. You have been exposed to the energies of war and terror which your parents have been carrying for decades, ever since you were conceived. As a small child you have observed your parents’ behavior and may have adopted it as your own. Your symptoms may range from emotional numbness to extreme anxiety. You may be withdrawn or prone to hypervigilance, violence, even belong to a gang to escape and commit crimes. Or you may have taken on your parents’ energy and become depressed when they are or overly stressed out, though there is no obvious reason for it. You may feel anxious, depressed, alone, with low-esteem, display suicidal behavior, and maybe engage in substance abuse.

In an ideal situation, you and your parents would have been able to share your mutual concerns. Your parents would have broken their silence and talked about their horrific experiences. A new understanding of your parents’ trauma and their symptoms of PTSD would have enabled you to enter into a more compassionate relationship with them. You would also have been able to explore your own feelings, develop resilience as coping mechanism in daily life or crisis situations with the aim to adopt a life-style filled with joy and happiness.

Maybe one day, you and your parents will heal from your respective traumas. The good news is that you don’t have to wait any longer to resolve your PTSD. My method is ideal when talking about your trauma is too painful and triggers all kinds of symptoms. It will heal your parents and your own symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD). I am referring to the CD set “Healing PTSD Trauma”. You will comfortably relax in a chair while listening to the CDs. Your disruptive war energies and symptoms will be transmuted. You might want to listen first alone and then later together with your parents or the whole family. If called for, you can then interpret the text of the CDs. You might want to select what feels most comfortable in your situation. It will be so much easier to listen to the CDs in the comfort of your home than taking your reluctant parents to counseling sessions.

Will it not be wonderful for you and your parents to live together without having to fear that the energies of trauma and symptoms of PTSD will be retriggered? Can you imagine how greatly relieved you will be? It will feel like a huge burden has been lifted from your shoulders. It will be great to experience your parents completely relaxed and in a good mood. Can you imagine how much easier it will be to get along? Not only your parents will benefit greatly from healing PTSD, but so will you. Your symptoms of PTSD will be resolved too. You’ll be able to smile with a newly found sense of confidence and self-worth knowing that your future looks brighter than ever before.

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