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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. Examples of ACEs include abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, bullying, discrimination and homelessness. There is a relationship between traumatic experiences as a child and negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult. The childhood experience of, or exposure to, ACEs can increase the adult risk of substance use and abuse, depression, unintended pregnancies, obesity, heart disease and missed work days. For children, recurrent experience of or exposure to ACEs can also significantly impact the brain development. The ground-breaking Adverse Childhood Experiences Study originally linked childhood trauma to
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50% of Kids have Diagnosable Mental Illness- 8% Get Treatment

Researchers at the Child Mind Institute say 50 percent of U.S. children will have a diagnosable mental illness, but less than 8 percent will get treatment in any given year. There is a cavernous gap between the number of children struggling with mental health conditions and the number who actually get help. That’s one of the conclusions of the Children’s Health Report released recently by the Child Mind Institute. The report states that nearly 50 percent of youth in the United States will have had a diagnosable mental illness at some point during childhood. Of those diagnosed, 22 percent will have a serious
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Has Your Child Suffered A Traumatic Event?

Trauma and Traumatic Events What Is Trauma?  People often use the word “trauma” to refer to a traumatic event. A trauma is a scary, dangerous, or violent event that can happen to anyone. Not all dangerous or scary events are traumatic events, however. What Is a Traumatic Event? A traumatic event is a scary, dangerous, or violent event. An event can be traumatic when we face or witness an immediate threat to ourselves or to a loved one, often followed by serious injury or harm. We feel terror, helplessness, or horror at what we are experiencing and at our inability to stop
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