Sharing – Population vs Individual Prediction of Poor Health From Results of Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening

Sharing – Population vs Individual Prediction of Poor Health From Results of Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening

Now, here comes a study, linked below, that has done the real scientific research and found:

“ACE scores can forecast mean group differences in later health problems; however, ACE scores have poor accuracy in identifying individuals at high risk for future health problems.”

Yes, there are statistics that show that there’s an impact at the societal level from childhood trauma. We should be addressing those issues as a society, things like child poverty, parents in the prison system, abuse, neglect, etc. because we know that as we lessen those impacts on kids, and make resources available for the kids who’s trauma we can’t prevent, we can impact the overall increases in depression, addiction, crime rates, etc. that are a direct result of childhood trauma. But, at an individual level, these things aren’t fate. How one person navigates trauma and is impacted by it, is not going to come down to just the number of traumas they dealt with as a child. When we identify one person with 4 or more ACEs according to the survey, all that really tells us is that it’s basically 50-50 whether or not they are depressed, or there’s a close to 30% chance they’ve used illicit drugs, but a 70% chance they haven’t. One person is not going to neatly fit every category and shouldn’t be treated as if they do. 

Sharing – Depression Is the Ultimate Identity Thief

Sharing – Depression Is the Ultimate Identity Thief

This is such a powerful part of this article, that I wanted to share it.

How does this manifest over time in terms of our identity? Depression is not something that just disrupts our lives—it can change how we see ourselves as people. Let’s start with experiences and resulting connections that never happen because of our depression. Maybe we don’t have the energy to see a new band when they play a show in our town—so we don’t have what could have been a magical life-altering experience of discovering our favorite band. And our identity also becomes connected with helplessness. We don’t naturally assume we are someone who can “make things happen” and plan for the future, because we can’t be sure depression won’t severely undermine our life goals.

Sharing – How the ‘Just World’ Belief Supports Victim-Blaming, Scapegoating, and Systemic Abuse

Sharing – How the ‘Just World’ Belief Supports Victim-Blaming, Scapegoating, and Systemic Abuse

This, we know. Many survivors have experienced it first-hand. “Believing that the world is ultimately a fair and just place can result in individual and social complacency due to the idea that justice happens on its own, fueled by an actively engaged, ‘fair’ universal force. The belief in a just world can also result in…

Sharing – Oklahoma Mental Health Officials Seeing Success with Prison Diversion Programs

Sharing – Oklahoma Mental Health Officials Seeing Success with Prison Diversion Programs

This is a good idea, because we already know that prison is not a good place to get mental health, or addiction, treatment. Oklahoma seems to understand this fact: “By the end of June, jails in all 77 Oklahoma counties should be assessing every person arrested for a nonviolent crime for their mental health, potential…