Updated: Mar 2, 2020
If you have an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score of 4 or greater, it's highly likely that you face emotional, mental, physical and quality of life issues every day. Maybe you're not aware of your ACE Score and beat yourself up for feeling, thinking, doing or being as you are. Because it all happened so long ago, you may not connect your troubled childhood with your chronic emotional or physical pain, addiction or other coping mechanisms that may be impairing your quality of life and locking you into a spiral of shame and unworthiness.
The first step in healing is learning how chronic stress impacts developing brains and how that shows up in your life. Then a beautiful journey of self-understanding takes place when you appreciate how your body-mind worked together to help you numb, distract or discharge the psychic and chronic physical pain from a troubled childhood.
Just as cravings often occur when the body is missing a nutrient, the body-mind seeks ways to self-medicate. In fact, many of the drugs people use to self-medicate help to replace inadequate levels of the feel-good hormone, dopamine, that becomes blunted from chronic stress and fear.
As shown in this infographic, the chronic anxiety, memory impairment, chronic pain, insomnia, addictions and low self-esteem that can keep us stuck and rob us of vitality and happiness, all actually arose from our body-mind's brilliance to protect us.