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Healing Beyond Childhood Trauma
Did you know that most people in the US have at least one ACE? ACE's are adverse childhood experiences that not only causes harm to the brain of children it changes they way they respond to the stresses of life, compromises their immune systems and causes other chronic health conditions over their lifetime. According to a CDC Kaiser Permanente ACE Study childhood trauma and ACE places people at risk for depression, chronic diseases, mental illness, financial problems, social problems and becoming a victim of violence and sexual crimes.
Other ACE surveys have expanded the types of ACE's and those findings while not surprising are also noted below. Below are traumatic experiences linked to social, financial, mental, emotional and physical problems.
1. A family member who is diagnosed with a mental illness or depressed.
2. Witnessing a mother being abused.
3.A family member who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
4. Physical, sexual and verbal abuse.
5. A family member who is in prison.
6. Parental separation or divorce.
7. Physical or emotional neglect.
8. Living in an unsafe neighborhood.
9. Experiencing or witnessing racism.
10. Witnessing violence outside of the home.
11. Involvement with the foster care system.
12. Losing a family member due to deportation.
13. Witnessing a father being abused by a mother.
14.Living in a war zone.
15.Being bullied by a peer or adult.
If you have one or more ACE's you are not alone. Research shows that nearly two-third of adults have at least one. Additionally, the scores are even more revealing. For example people with an ACE score of 4 are twice as likely to smoke and seven times more likely to struggle with alcoholism addiction. Additionally, a score of 4 or more is likely to increase the risk of chronic diseases such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis by 400 percent, while also increasing the risk for attempted suicide by 1200. ACE's is also linked to chronic workplace absenteeism, ER visits, mental illness, criminal justice involvement and increased healthcare costs.
The higher the ACE score the more likely it is that people with these scores have more marriages, violence, drug prescriptions, increased risk for broken bones, greater struggles with depression and autoimmune diseases. Studies show that the life span of individuals with an ACE score 6 or higher are at risk for being shortened by 20 years.
The impact of childhood traumatic experiences doesn't just go away as people age. Rather, what a person has lived through directly or indirectly leaves bits and pieces. Harmful traces of the past that keeps showing up has the ability to be passed down from one generation to the next causing generational cycles of unhealed trauma and strongholds.
While the brain does not know the difference between one kind of traumatic experienced and toxic stress from the other we are not stuck with stressed out brains, painful memories, chronic diseases, mental illness or substance abuse.
It's essential that people receive an effective diagnosis from an effective team of caring medical professionals who can create qualified treatment plan so the journey to healing and recovery can begin.
Wishing you health and wellness,
Patrina M Torres, Founder, Totally Healed International
NCCA Certified Temperament Counselor, Certified Instructor
School of Counseling, S.A.C.C. Certified Academic Institution
Email: [email protected]
|Posted on May 21, 2020 at 4:42 PM|
Thank you for taking time to read Part II of this blog post to help celebrate the success of Brandon Wright, Class of 2020 Felician University Graduate. Here's what his sister, Ebony wanted to share.
"When I learned that Brandon was looking to further his education I was ready to journey with him. Supporting wasn't always easy, but with the help of God, we made it. We are grateful and blessed.
Having a positive mindset helped guide his on this journey. I always told him to keep going and work hard. He always studied and was eager to learn. He was always proud when he accomplished his goals.
I've always tried to give him what I know. While Brandon lived on campus we stayed in touch through FaceTime and phone calls. He would come home every couple of weeks to stay for a weekend and sometimes he would stay on campus to study and get more work done. Sometimes I would bring him a care package with his favorite meals and snacks just to make his smile.
While he was away working my focus was making sure he was safe at school and in a great environment. As long as he was, OK, I was OK. If I could have shared words at Brandon's graduation I would have told him you CAN be whatever you want to be in life. You CAN go where you want to go as long as you stay consistent. You make me so proud to be your sister. I pray for your future and I see GREATNESS inside of you!! With Love, Your Sister, "Ebony".
We wanted to give Brandon an opportunity to share and give a shout out to family, friends and Felician University Class of 2020 classmates.
"Felician University without you guys motivating me in every way possible and providing me with so many great opportunities I'm not sure if college would have been such a smooth process. I would like to give a shout-out to the business professors for keeping it brutally honest on how the work world works. Letting us know when you're not the only person who want a six figure job out of college, being different matters and having a great work ethic can outlast your competition.
Furthermore, I've met some great souls while studying at Felician University, too many to name. However,
I appreciate everyone I was able to make memories with that will last a lifetime. Additionally, I would like to express words of appreciation to my family and closest friends. You motivated me and pushed me to keep going throughout my entire four years. I can't thank you enough nor would I trade you for anything.
I am extremely grateful to have all of you in my life and I know anyone else in this world would be too.
Out of everyone, I want to give the most credit to my sister, Ebony Wright, for being the mother figure in my life for almost have of it. Words can't explain how much I appreciate you.
But one day I will find a way to express it in the most beautiful way ever. But until then, I just want to say, even though our mother hasn't been with us for sometime now, she sure did a substantial job raising me into a great young man she would be proud of.
Congratulations again Brandon and Ebony! We pray God's richest blessings over your life as you work towards the fulfillment your dreams. Reach your greatest potential and fulfill your life purpose. We are extremely proud of this milestone. We believe great doors will open for you in the marketplace!
Wishing you great success!
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