When those times come when we survivors are tempted to disregard the impact of the early stress from abuse and trauma in our childhoods — it can help to take a look at the following information to keep our perspective clear.


“Simply put, our childhood experiences have a tremendous, lifelong impact on our health and the quality of our lives.  The ACE Study showed dramatic links between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and risky behavior, psychological issues, serious illness and the leading causes of death.”


Another powerful graphic display of information from this study is available here:

The CDC ACE study pyramid


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