I love TED talks. They make it so easy to find out about new research, old research put together in new ways, or ideas that really make you think.
Today’s TED is about a new finding in how your past affects your future.
The basic premise is, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) affect your health over the course of your life.
The experiences they studied were:
- Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
- Physical or emotional neglect
- Divorce or separation
- Parental substance abuse
- Parental mental illness
- Domestic violence
I don’t know about you but the list of people I know who didn’t experience at least one of those is pretty darn short.
They figured out that if you have 4 or more, then your risk for certain kinds of problems goes up a lot. My mind immediately jumped to risky behaviors. Of course people with difficult pasts are more likely to have issues, their experiences with drugs, eating disorders, smoking, and other things cause consequences. The thing is, the risk stays higher even when they control for those behaviors.
I’m sorry to hear she reports that this isn’t being pursued more aggressively, because they can interrupt the process if they do it early enough. It would be great if more people had heard about it.