CDC: Childhood Trauma Tied to Poor Health

PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCED trauma as children are more likely to suffer severe health consequences later in life, a new federal analysis shows.

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, refer to potentially traumatic events experienced or witnessed during childhood, like violence, substance misuse and mental health problems in the home. Though public health experts say these events are an important upstream cause of major health and social struggles later in life, it’s been unclear just how substantially they impede American health overall.

Preventing adverse childhood experiences could have averted millions of cases of depression among adults in 2017, along with a multitude of other poor health outcomes.