ACE = Adverse Childhood Experiences
The ACE score is meant to be used as a guideline.
Your score is not a definitive indicator although research suggests the higher your score, the higher your risk for chronic illness.
Your answers will remain confidential, however there are quizzes online that you can read and do on your own without supplying any information. This particular form is used for me to help my clients and potential clients and thus I make sure that the email is supplied so that I am not confused between clients and can tailor my programs better for the individual. If you are a current client and would rather give the number of the score as opposed to the answers to the questions that is also an option - simply use the questions below to identify your score; every yes = 1 point.
Your scores will correlate with a number of things. The higher your score the higher your risk for alcoholism, depression, mental illness, chronic health problems, the likeliness that you will smoke as an adult along with risks for heart attack and all sorts of other health implications.
You may feel uncomfortable answering some of these questions. If you are triggered by this quiz please make sure that you reach out to a counsellor or alternatively call lifeline on 131114.
With an ACE score of 4 or more, things start getting serious. The likelihood of chronic pulmonary lung disease increases 390 percent; hepatitis, 240 percent; depression 460 percent; attempted suicide, 1,220 percent.
HOWEVER - if your score is high, don't lose hope: , brains and lives are somewhat plastic. Resilience research shows that the appropriate integration of resilience factors — such as asking for help, developing trusting relationships, forming a positive attitude, listening to feelings — can help people improve their lives. Your score is therefore not a sentence: there is a lot that you can do to reverse the damage.
Here’s the link to a study that links aces to fibromyalgia: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5045103/
Extra reading: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/chronic-pain-and-childhood-trauma-2018033012768