9/11 babies inherit stress from mothers

It seems that the trauma of September 11 lives on:

A study of 38 women who witnessed the World Trade Center attacks was carried out by researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, US, one year after the events. Cortisol levels were lower than expected in those women who experienced PTSD in response the attacks – and also in their children.

“Because the babies were about a year old at the time of testing, this suggests the trauma effect transfer may have to do with very early parent-child attachments, cortisol ‘programming’ in the womb, or shared genetic susceptibility,” says Jonathan Seckl, of the University of Edinburgh.

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