August 19, 2020
CDC: Childhood Trauma Is A Public Health Issue And We Can Do More To Prevent It
Source: NPR | Repost Fight for Life Foundation – 8/19/2020 –
Childhood trauma causes serious health repercussions throughout life and is a public health issue that calls for concerted prevention efforts. That’s the takeaway of a report published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Experiencing traumatic things as a child puts you at risk for lifelong health effects, according to a body of research. The CDC’s new report confirms this, finding that Americans who had experienced adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, were at higher risk of dying from five of the top 10 leading causes of death.
And those who had been through more bad experiences — such as abuse or neglect, witnessing violence at home or growing up in a family with mental health or substance abuse problems — were at an even higher risk.
One in six people across the United States has experienced four or more kinds of adverse childhood experiences, according to the report.