“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8
Severe illness. Divorce. Bullying at school. Domestic violence. Trauma refers to a scary, dangerous, violent, or life threatening event. Trauma can affect individuals of any age and can even result from indirect events, such as the witnessing of an immediate threat to a loved one… especially one that results in serious harm or injury. The most well-known of traumas is the type suffered by military personnel who see combat; Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSD. Another, unfortunately, is that suffered by young people who survive a mass shooting.
Another term often used to describe a trauma event is ACE or Adverse Childhood Experience. Studies have shown that approximately 65% of children experience at least 1 adverse event during their childhood and that nearly 40% of children experience at least 2 or more ACEs. This study further has repeatedly found that the greater number of ACEs a child has been exposed to, the greater he/she is at risk for developing physical and mental health problems throughout their lifespan (e.g. heart and lung disease, alcoholism, risk for intimate partner violence, drug use, poor academic or work performance, depression, suicide). It is critical, then, that if your child should experience an ACE of some kind, that you seek treatment for him or her as quickly as possible.
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