ADBR2 Gene interacts with Childhood Adversity – impacting Pre-disposition to vulnerability or resiliance
In 2014 researchers from Columbia University and Michigan University published their first evidence that a gene called “ADBR2” interacts with childhood adversity and either result in a vulnerability or resilience to developing PTSD symptoms following adult trauma.
Your genotype is your complete heritable genetic identity.
Individuals with two or more experiences (see your ACES score) of childhood trauma such as abuse, genotype was associated with risk for adult PTSD symptoms. These findings are significant for the study of the physiology of Depression and PTSD.
This genetic research goes directly towards the treatment and prevention of stress-related illnesses, and may have implications for treating pain, which has also been linked to the ADRB2 gene.
The adrenergic system may be a crucial modulator of PTSD risk. In January, 2017, The Journal of Psychiatric Research published further evidence for a role of of ADRB2 gene in risk for PTSD.
Anyone with loved ones living with Depression or PTSD and/or addiction to pain medication this is important relevant research.