The simple 10 question ACE survey gives you your score. I'm a six which places me on the 'DISEASE MOST WANTED LIST' for having a much higher risk of developing adult physical or mental illness. This is what my book talks about and brings to light in a very personal story.
In the United States, 21 states are performing their own ACE studies since learning an astonishing 87 per cent of us score more than one on the survey. As the researchers explain, this startling statistic must not be addressed with a 'top down' approach but, rather, immediately upon establishing a relationship with a physician or medical practitioner who can help mitigate the results of childhood trauma.
- Childhood trauma was very common, even in employed white middle-class, college-educated people with great health insurance;
- There [is] a direct link between childhood trauma and adult onset of chronic disease, as well as depression, suicide, being violent and a victim of violence;
- More types of trauma increased the risk of health, social and emotional problems; and
- People usually experience more than one type of trauma – rarely is it only sex abuse or only verbal abuse.