Adverse Childhood Experiences and how they inpact our lives today.

ACEs comes from the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACE Study), first published in 1998 and comprising more than 70 research papers published over the following 15 years. The research is based on a survey of more than 17,000 adults and was led by Drs. Robert Anda and Vincent Felitti. The study linked 10 types of childhood adversity — such as living with a parent who is mentally ill, has abused alcohol or is emotionally abusive — to the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence. Many other types of ACEs — including racism, bullying, a father being abused, and community violence — have been added to subsequent ACE surveys. (ACEs Science 101Got Your ACE/Resilience Score?)

The ACE surveys — the epidemiology of childhood adversity — is one of five parts of ACEs science, which also includes how toxic stress from ACEs affects children’s brains, the short- and long-term health effects of toxic stress, the epigenetics of toxic stress (how it’s passed on from generation to generation), and research on resilience, which includes how individuals, organizations, systems and communities can integrate ACEs science to solve our most intractable problems.

I copied and pasted this article from: I want to encourage you to read the full article. Take the test. My ACE score is a 9. 

Suicide and Loneliness

As I sit here at 5:45 am talking to people who just cannot take the loneliness another day so they feel ending their life is a better option. I don’t know how you feel about being forced to quarantine, but I think it is absolutely ridiculous. It is causing more problems than it should. Domestic violence has increased, suicide attempts are on the rise, and mental issues are getting much worse from the isolation and loneliness. 

What is the solution to this madness? My solution is to walk around your neighborhood, talk to your neighbors, let them know who you are if they don’t know already.

Getting outside in the sunshine does a lot of good for your mental health. Walk around your yard, start an exercise program. You can do this free on YouTube. You can also join a support group. 

This is the perfect time to get creative. 

Helpful tips for feeling out of control

It is hard to control our emotions at times, which makes us feel out of control. Here are a few tips to help you get through these times:

  1. Take deep breaths, and repeat at least 7 times
  2. Start naming things around your room
  3. Think of 5 things that are positive about yourself
  4. Think of 5 things you are grateful for in your life
  5. Play calming music

I’d like to know if you try these, and tell me how you felt afterwards if you feel comfortable.

The world around us today

So many people are suffering from isolation and depression due to the lack of being able to get outside, or they simply have no one to talk to. God created us as relational beings. We are all in need of human contact and the need to feel needed or not forgotten. It is hard when we live in the times we find ourselves in today. No one feels safe to get around others, except those who do not believe the news media’s lies. 

Please, if you know of an elderly person, or anyone for that matter, who is alone, please call them to just talk to them. They need to know they are not alone, that they matter to someone.