More: Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (trauma in childhood associated with many later problems, including that which gets labeled mental illness)

The CDC’s ACE Study summarized in 14-minute video from Academy on Violence & Abuse

Hat tip to Aces Too High for the video

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) is the product of collaboration between Vincent J. Felitti, MD, who founded and directed the Preventive Medicine Department at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA, and Robert F. Anda, MD, MS of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who designed, analyzed the data and prepared numerous scientific publications from the ACE Study.

By the way, spanking is abuse too: The Facts About Spanking

Since I began my work with those labeled mentally ill it’s been clear that trauma plays a large part in the lives of most of those with psychiatric labels. This blog covers this reality again and again. This simple observation that many of us have made and many others want to deny is beginning to be largely supported in the literature and science. We deny it at a cost to everyone in our abusive and traumatic culture. By bringing it to light we might change it. We might also treat the vulnerable who get labeled mentally ill as they are, traumatized people who need gentle loving care. Something not on offer in most psychiatric wards and mental health systems. In fact most people get grossly re-traumatized in such settings.

A few posts on Beyond Meds that look at how childhood trauma affects mental and physical health for one’s whole life:

●  Childhood trauma once again linked to mental health issues in adulthood

●  Trauma, Brain and Relationship: Helping Children Heal

●  The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity (trauma)

●  The legacy of childhood trauma

●  PTSD versus a post traumatic response

●  Generational pain

More information on Trauma and PTSD in those labeled with mental illness of all kinds

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About Monica Cassani

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