Opinion: Childhood trauma is a public health threat, kids deserve better

This article was originally published by The Washington Post. Children growing up with toxic stress from abuse or neglect are more likely to have lifelong health problems. Migrant children being separated from their parents, girls and boys forced into sex trafficking, students surviving a school shooting, kids growing up in homes with substance abuse or […]

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A Texas hospital helps children build resilience after trauma

This article was originally published by NBC News. HOUSTON — Building resilience is key to helping children overcome traumatic events, like a school shooting or a hurricane. Dr. Julie Kaplow, director of the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, leads several initiatives focused on understanding how resilience works and how it can be […]

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You Can’t Ignore—It’s All Around Us

My last blog linked research on gun violence that concluded that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) were one of the four commonalities of all shooters. We can’t ignore that relationship. So, what else can’t we ignore? One thing is the relationship with suicide. September is suicide prevention month and many organizations and civic groups are rightfully […]

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A rough childhood could stunt your brain’s growth

This article was originally published by Medical Xpress. U.S. researchers say kids who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse or neglect, during their preschool years, can have stunted growth of some brain structures by the time they reach adolescence. The researchers used data from a 15- year study that followed 211 preschool […]

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How Adverse Childhood Experiences Cost $1.33 Trillion a Year

This article was originally published by Psychology Today. The original groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults (1998) led to an expanding awareness of the suffering, cost and burden illness wreaked by childhood abuse and neglect. Looking at data from from over 17,000 […]

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