ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic childhood events, such as abuse and neglect, parental divorce, domestic violence and parental mental illness. Experiencing an ACE, like abuse and neglect, can actually increase the odds of developing serious adult health issues like cancer, liver disease and heart disease. ACEs can also make people more prone to suicide, substance abuse, poor work performance and a host of other negative outcomes.
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