Updated: Mar 2, 2020
The Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) Study, landmark study of childhood trauma experiences in 17,337 participants has irrefutably shown the long term negative physical, emotional and behavioral effects of child abuse across the lifespan. The study made a direct connection between the ACE Score (a tally of adverse childhood experience) and risk for health problems. The results validated a list of 10 questions to identify Adverse Childhood Experiences during the first 18 years of life and the associated risks as explained in this post, "Were You Really Abused as a Child?"That post ended with an important takeaway:
You are not your ACE score!
Your score only validates your experience and indicates how your nervous and immune systems have likely been impacted by the trauma. This "dysregulation" or disturbances created in the nervous and immune systems causes inflammation which is at the root of most disease. As your ACE score increases, so is your 'risk' of disease as well as social and emotional problems. Many with high ACE scores deal with depression, anxiety, heart disease, fibromyalgia, cancers, chronic pain syndromes and a whole host of autoimmune diseases.
An ACE score of 4 or more increases:
chronic lung disease by 390 percent
hepatitis by 240 percent
depression by 460 percent