Find Out if Childhood Traumas are Affecting Your Adult Life
More than two-thirds of children have experienced at least one traumatic event by the age of 16, according to SAMHSA. Childhood traumas can impact the course of your entire life, and many individuals who experience traumas at a young age struggle with mental health and substance abuse disorders when they get older.
Childhood traumas can be caused by many different things. Some of the common sources of trauma are the loss of a loved one, physical and mental abuse, near-death experiences, family violence, and neglect. These events can be very hard to overcome without the proper support.
Data shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are very common among children and adolescents age 17 and younger. In a CDC survey of adults across 25 states, roughly 61% said they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and one in six said they had experienced four or more ACEs.
ACEs have also been shown to increase the risk of certain health complications. According to the CDC, it’s estimated that nearly two million cases of heart disease and about 21 million cases of depression could have been potentially avoided by preventing childhood traumas. ACEs are also thought to increase the risk that an individual will develop chronic illnesses, like cancer and diabetes.
Is Childhood Trauma Affecting You?
To gauge the extent of childhood trauma, mental health professionals use an assessment called the ACE quiz.
The ACE quiz is a series of questions that determine what types of trauma (if any) you’ve experienced before age 18. The higher your score, the more traumas you’ve faced. High ACE scores can loosely predict if a child will struggle with mental health issues in adulthood.
Although the ACE quiz is technically a professional diagnostic tool, you can take a similar version at home to determine your score. If you suspect that you’ve been suffering from trauma or related mental health disorders, we recommend taking the ACE quiz to better understand the root causes of your trauma.
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What Does Your ACEs Score Mean?
If you answered YES to any of the questions in the ACE quiz and you believe they are causing issues in your life, consider reaching out for professional treatment.
You can’t go back in time and change your childhood experiences, but professional mental health treatment can help you manage your symptoms and give you the tools to overcome the disorder.
At Nexus Recovery, we offer several different treatment programs to meet the specific needs of every client. Depending on the severity of a person’s disorder, we place them in a partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or outpatient program. We also offer a men’s program and a women’s program that use gender-specific programming and therapy modalities.
Our approach to trauma treatment uses a combination of evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches. Several of our therapists are certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, also known as EMDR, an evidence-based therapy that has proven to be especially effective at treating past trauma. In addition to individual therapy, all of our clients get to participate in group therapy, family therapy, health and fitness courses, mindfulness, 12-step groups, life skills coaching, and group outings.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a trauma disorder or addiction, give us a call at (310) 881-9151 to speak with a member of our team about the treatment options at Nexus Recovery.