How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult


The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5,000 percent more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders, or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s co-founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection in a video produced by Big Think.


  1. I too have more than 6 on the ACE scale and I dealt with panic attacks for 25 years. I also have peripheral vascular disease which I believe was attenuated by years of stress resulting in severe inflammation. I could go on. My sister who had a score as high or higher than mine, died of brain cancer.


  2. One of the central problems for me as an adult with a high ACEs score was not realizing that my ability to regulate stress hormones had been significantly compromised. I had nothing really to compare that ability to. It wasn’t until I was 50 years old that I finally connected the dots and discovered that I was someone who suffered from panic attacks! I thought panic attacks were something other poor souls suffered from and had to endure. It’s like the old Don McLean song, “I’ve heard about people like me, but I never made the connection…”


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