Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Vital Signs.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. However, ACEs can be prevented. This resource further explains more about ACEs and how raising awareness can help to prevent them.