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When Time Doesn't Heal All Wounds Adverse Childhood Experiences and Behavioral Health

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An emerging issue in the healthcare field concerns the impact of "Adverse Childhood Experiences" on chronic health problems and early mortality. Based on research from Kaiser Permanente and the CDC, there is a linear correlation between 9 specific traumatic events and increased incidence of heart disease, diabetes, early onset drinking, high-risk sex, and other risk factors for early death.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences survey was conducted by Kaiser Permanente, and perused the childhood experiences of over 17,000 adult HMO patients seeking routine medical services (Felitti 2004). These patients were over 50 years old, and not seeking behavioral health treatment, but were dealing with medical challenges such as diabetes, COPD, and obesity. The impetus for the study was the observation that, when patients in the obesity program began successfully losing weight, a large proportion of them inexplicably dropped out of treatment. This phenomenon is familiar to any addiction counselor who has watched their client "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".

Bricker, MS, CSAC, LPC, Michael


Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Behavioral Health

March 7, 2011

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