I just took the ACE quiz before making this post, as it is online and it didn't take me long, and it's a way to mention things I've kind of wanted to mention without giving way too much personal information, and I scored a 7.
Here's the video:
In the video Dr. Nadine Burke Harris--not a relation as far as I know--talks about the health impacts of early childhood traumas. And yeah, it's scary to contemplate for me with my score and she talks scores in the video so you can hear its implications.
And I grew up in a lower middle class home to very religious parents. Went on to Vanderbilt University on a full tuition scholarship. Have 5 years active duty service in the US Army working at large medical centers, and left with a honorable discharge. Along with a host of other positives I could mention, which I think can maybe hide so much.
And I've struggled with massive issues mostly in the dark, where I will hold my privacy as to the details, and will admit to recent issues with high blood pressure. It can be hard to face these kinds of things as I think we all either wish we had idyllic childhoods, and figure no one does, or have gotten tired of people seemingly making excuses for their lives blaming supposedly bad ones.
The science, however, is where there can be a clear path both to mitigation and treatment without any loss of adult responsibility for ones actions.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study website: http://www.acestudy.org
Science here can make a difference for so many people, including protecting their dignity, and helping them get the medical treatment that works best.