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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are measured using a questionnaire developed in the 1990s by Kaiser Permanente Hospital System and the CDC. This tool asks individuals to reflect on their childhood, specifically regarding experiences of neglect and abuse, to assess potential risks for chronic physical and mental health issues in adulthood. The higher one's ACE score, the greater the likelihood of facing challenges such as chronic illnesses, mental health issues, and addiction.

It's crucial to understand that while ACEs provide a score, they do not predict outcomes but rather indicate a correlation. A higher score suggests a greater risk of developing health problems. Many individuals may have one or two ACEs, but a score of three or more significantly raises the risk of later health concerns.

Your ACE score can serve as a recognition of past adversities and a starting point for cultivating deeper self-compassion. It may also be a catalyst for beginning your journey toward recovery, whether through therapy, reading relevant literature, or sharing your experiences with trusted friends. Consider what aspects of yourself you might have disconnected from to cope with past difficulties and think about what you would want to reclaim in your recovery process.

Recovery and healing are not only possible; they are within reach. Consider taking our ACE questionnaire here to understand your score and explore the first steps toward healing.

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