Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are linked to chronic health issues, low life potential and early death. Those with ACEs are more likely to have health problems in childhood and adulthood.
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ACEs include physical, mental, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and trauma. These events are tallied up and the score is an insight into health issues. Those with a history of adversity don’t always have addiction or abuse issues in adulthood, but the cells remember the childhood difficulty.
Safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments are healing. They can buffer an overactive stress response. The earlier intervention takes place, the better the prospects for the individual with ACEs.
You can counteract the effects of ACEs by increasing your resilience. Physical activity, stress reduction, mindfulness and meditation can improve your health. Therapy can also address lingering trauma.
ACEs are a global issue. They affect people across all economic levels. You are not alone.
Listen as Dr. Nadine Burke Harris joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how ACEs affect health and what you can do to recover from them.
Stress-Health.org - Learn about toxic stress and take the ACE test
NPCCACEs.org - Find pediatricians who screen for and address ACEs
ACEs Connection - Discover local support groups for ACEs for adults and children
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