The CDC-Kaiser ACE study irrefutably linked Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) to a slew of problems in adulthood and leading even to death. A single instance ACE can be something as easily dismissed as a single instance of bullying, extreme hazing, abuse of any kind, neglect, witnessing parental fights, being exposed to extreme violence, or many other things our citizens are exposed to as children.
The healthy brain on the left shows more activity in the cognitive and temporal lobes, the part of the brain that allows for logical thought process. The traumatized brain on the right shows more activity in the hippocampus and amygdala, where emotions and the fight or flight reactions occur, and less activity in the cognitive and temporal lobes which keeps the individual from rationalizing triggering events as they occur.
Suicide rates 2x-5x higher; addiction rates that jump 62% for every instance of adverse events; increased morbidity, mortality, heart disease, liver disease; risk of perpetuating the cycle. These effects are well documented, irrefutable, and vividly demonstrate just how vital a strong mental health care system is to a modern society.
Whether we mean to or not, when we are called upon to serve our country it impacts our families in a negative way. Deployments, new postings, changing schools, a sense of disconnect; these are all instances of ACE's, and we need to do our best to protect our loved ones