Big Think and the Mental Health Channel are proud to launch Big Thinkers on Mental Health, a new series dedicated to open discussion of anxiety, depression, and the many other psychological disorders that affect millions worldwide.
The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection.
According to Child Help every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list suicide as the 2nd leading cause of death for children 15-24 and 3rd leading cause of death for children 10-14.
You and I have the power and the responsibility to help our nation’s children and hopefully end these frightening statistics.
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[Transcript – What we found in the ACE study involving seventeen and a half thousand middle-class adults was that life experiences in childhood that are lost in time and then further protected by shame and by secrecy and by social taboos against inquiry into certain realms of human experience—that those life experiences play out powerfully and proportionately a half century later, in terms of emotional state, in terms of biomedical disease, in terms of life expectancy… ] Read Full Transcript Here: (http://goo.gl/F7vNgV).