Adverse Childhood Experiences

The long-term effects of ACES

The recent headline of the article posted in The Guardian stated: How childhood stress can knock 20 years off your life.” 

Anyone who has experienced childhood abuse and neglect might want to know how it can affect them later on in life. The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study2 is one of the largest examinations on child abuse and neglect.

It focused on the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect on a person’s health and well-being when they are adults. The long-term effects of childhood trauma are now starting to get some headway. Even Oprah is talking about how important it is.


Many infographics have been created to share information about what adverse childhood experiences are, how prevalent they are and their impact.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a great visual of ACEs:

The @7030Campaign have been tremendously supportive in my journey.

They have illustrated ACES quite beautifully.

When we see the long-term effects of childhood trauma, we start to understand why we experience what we do. Some possible risk outcomes are:

Behaviour: Lack of physical exercise; smoking; drug use; alcoholism; and missed work.

Physical and Mental Health: Severe Obesity; Diabetes; Depression; Suicide Attempts; STDs; Heart Disease; Cancer; Stroke; COPD; and broken bones.

Also, from what I am reading, I would add a few more to the list: CPTSD, learning difficulties and anxiety. I have been diagnosed with CPTSD from ongoing threats in my childhood. No protection. This is why I wrote my book, My Courage to Tell. 

Read the blog post and watch the interview!

Below is a 7-minute video by Big Think. PLEASE WATCH IT!

So, why am I talking about all this?

At the end of the day, I believe that human nature is kind and loving. We are all born innocent. But “generational trauma” has taken that away.

Let’s start educating ourselves. Let’s start to change things.


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3 Replies to “Adverse Childhood Experiences”

  1. I have to agree with this article. I was sexually abused from the age of 7 until I was 9 years old. I have many health issues now.

  2. Very interesting. I never heard the. World ACE. It seems that many people should. Get counseling

  3. This is a great resource. I too am a survivor, but I got into healing in my 20s so I overcame most of my problems. Some lasted, the e,optional ones I suppose. It’s good to know what the outcomes are but also good to solve them.

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