Childhood Stress and Chronic Illness

At the end of Hope Floats Sandra Bullock’s character says, “Some say childhood is over, but childhood is what we try to spend the rest of our lives getting over.”  I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement.

Perhaps this is most evidenced in the fact that the higher one scores on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) – the more susceptible one is to chronic illness as an adult.  The ACE is a questionnaire that asks whether during childhood someone experienced any of ten stressful childhood events.  Five of these events are personal (physical abuse, verbal abuse) .  Five are related to family members (parental alcoholism, parental incarceration)  A score of 4 or higher leads to an increase in likelihood of adult onset chronic illness.

Without going into much detail, my own personal score is a 4-5.

Here is a link to more information and the ACE Test.


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