All About Childhood Adversity or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) & How They Impact on Normal Development

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What is Childhood Adversity?

Childhood adversity and childhood traumas are also known as adverse childhood experiences or ACE’s.

ACE’s are a set of experiences that are known to produce developmental and mental health problems in later life and include:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical & emotional neglect
  • Economic hardship
  • Racial & gender prejudices
  • Family trauma (divorce, dysfunctional parenting, etc.)

A dutch study conducted by Vink, Van der Pal, Eekhout, Pannebakker, & Mulder in 2016 showed that children between 11-12 years of age who have been exposed to childhood adversity are less happy and healthy than those who did not.


The Impact of Childhood Adversity

Early childhood adversity can lead to a number of short and long-term negative health effects.

It has been shown to disrupt early brain development as well as compromise the functioning of the nervous and immune systems.

Adults who experienced childhood adversity are also more likely to have health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

They are also more likely to suffer with depression, alcohoism and drug abuse problems.

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Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.

If you’d like to find out more about childhood adversity or recovering from any of your mental health problems then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular issues and the different types of mental health counselling we offer (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT) without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.

The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.


Applied Psychology Solutions

If you’d like to learn how to overcome your mental health problems but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences and the World around you with the CORE Programme.

If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Counselling Locations

We offer Therapy and Counselling for Mental Health Problems for people living in:

  • Wombourne
  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Shropshire
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury

You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.