Several scientific papers during 2015 confirmed increasingly clear that the experiences that occurred during our childhood and adolescence remain as epigenetic marks in our body. These marks are also associated with healthy and disease state, such as psychiatric disorders or inflammatory nature. Therefore, the different maternal care you've had, abuse suffered, or post-traumatic stress you have lived relate to marks on DNA methylation that may be tested to demonstrate post traumatic experiences or use them as forecast for future diseases.
As shown, three recent examples:
1: KM Radtke, Schauer M, HM Gunter Ruf-Leuschner M, J Sill, Meyer A, Elbert T. Epigenetic Modifications of the glucocorticoid receptor gene are Associated With the vulnerability to psychopathology in childhood maltreatment. Psychiatry Transl. 2015 May 26; 5: E571. doi: 10.1038 / tp.2015.63. PubMed PMID: 26,080,088.
2: SR Beach, Lei MK Brody GH, Dogan MV, RA Philibert. Higher levels of protective parenting are Associated With better young adult health: Processes explorationof mediation through epigenetic influences on pro-inflammatory. Front Psychol. 2015 May 28; 6: 676. doi: 10.3389 / fpsyg.2015.00676. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26.07484 million; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4446530.
3: Unternaehrer E, AH Meyer, Burkhardt SC, Dempster E, S Staehli, Theill N, Lieb R, Meinlschmidt G. Childhood Associated With maternal care is DNA methylation of the gene for brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and oxytocin receptor ( OXTR) in peripheral blood cells in adult men and women. Stress. 2015 June 10: 1-11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26.0618 million.