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Looking Back to Look Forward: The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

Introduction
A. What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?
B. The long-term effects ACE’s have on mental health
C. The long-term effects ACE’s have on physical health and links to certain diseases
D. The role ACE’s play in social, professional and intimate relationships
E. The impact of identifying, treating and preventing ACE’s would have on society

Thesis
Identifying treating and preventing childhood trauma early in life, can cut down on the long-term effects they have on an individual. With adequate and early intervention, we can create a healthier society.

A. What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

  1. Describe ACE’s
  2. Identify different kinds of ACE’s
  3. Discuss why ACE’s are important
  4. ACE score

B. The long-term effects ACE’s have on mental health

  1. The link between ACE’s and depression
  2. How ACE’s lead to increased toxic stress in children and adults
  3. Behavioral effects linked to ACE’s

C. The long-term effects ACE’s have on physical health and links to certain diseases

  1. The link between ACE’s and heart disease
  2. The link between ACE’s and certain autoimmune diseases
  3. The link between ACE’s and cancer
  4. ACE’s and substance abuse and addiction

D. The role ACE’s play in social, professional and intimate relationships

  1. How ACE’s can lead to domestic violence, and toxic relationships/friendships
  2. The impacts ACE’s can have on your professional and educational success
  3. The importance of finding and developing healthy relationships to prevent generational ACE’s

E. The impact of identifying and treating and preventing ACE’s would have on society

  1. The financial impact of ACE’s
  2. The impact ACE’s has on the criminal justice system and the crime rate
  3. A look into how professionally treating, preventing, and educating those affected by ACE’s can create a healthier environment and society

Conclusion

The long-term negative consequences of childhood trauma and ACE’s is undeniable and clear. We need to be able to educate, treat, and prevent these occurrences in order to create a society that is physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier for our children and adults who have suffered.