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What is your ACE score and what does it mean? Understanding the consequences of childhood trauma

What is your ACE score and what does it mean? Understanding the consequences of childhood trauma

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Adverse Childhood Experiences — ACEs — are linked to a wide range of physical and psychological problems, from obesity and drug addiction to cancer rates and domestic violence.

Your ACE score starts with a simple test listing 10 of the most common adverse childhood experiences. A single point is scored for each one a person has suffered. Even a score of 2 or 3 can increase a person's risk of facing a lifetime of issues.

Oklahoma's children have the highest ACE scores in the country. Not coincidentally, the state tops the country in many of those physical and psychological problems too.

Follow the graphics below to find out your ACE score, the consequences, the risks and the mitigating factors that can reverse some of the damage.

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