I think it would be worth finishing the article when you are ready, to see if you still agree with your original assumption. My take is that it does not not necessarily make the current experience MORE disturbing, as much as it gives rise to the person actually being born with, or have a higher propensity to have PTSD or depression or any other mentall illness due to the traumatizing experience of the parent or the grandparent passing down the trait through gene expression (what I understand to be "epigenetics", and I may be wrong on that, as I am still learning). For example, my grandfather lived through the great depression here in the United States and World War II, two very potentially traumatizing events, the first of which left many Americans with nothing...No jobs, no way to feed their families. It had a huge impact on that generation. Many families came away from that time saving litterally everything...they would not throw anything away for fear of going into another depression and not having anything again. I can remember as a child, my grandmother and grandfather had two or three of every kitchen appliance, tv's stacked on one another. My Grandfather became and died a severe hoarder. I believe that gene expression was passed down to my father and/ ultimately directly to me and my siblings...we all have a one form of mental illness or another...I've struggled with depression my whole life. The hope in the article is that exposure to a positive, healthy environment can reverse the mental illness. We are NOT destined to continue handing down the activated traumatized gene expression. Again, I may be totally off on my interpretation of the article. I was taught in school that your DNA determined your traits, and that was that. The thought that genes can be activated/deactivated at any point, then that expression passed down to offspring is amazing.What I mean is... Its my impression (assumption) that the cellular activity resulting from the exposed genes is not protective of the effects of trauma or providing protection against future trauma but actually makes the current experience MORE disturbing than it would otherwise be.