How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris


In the mid-’90s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente discovered an exposure
that dramatically increased the risk for seven out of 10 of the leading
causes of death in the United States. In high doses, it affects
brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA
is read and transcribed. Folks who are exposed in very high doses have triple the lifetime risk
of heart disease and lung cancer and a 20-year difference
in life expectancy. And yet, doctors today are not trained
in routine screening or treatment. Now, the exposure I’m talking about is
not a pesticide or a packaging chemical. It’s childhood trauma. Okay. What kind of trauma
am I talking about here? I’m not talking about failing a test
or losing a basketball game. I am talking about threats
that are so severe or pervasive that they literally get under our skin
and change our physiology: things like abuse or neglect, or growing up with a parent
who struggles with mental illness or substance dependence. Now, for a long time, I viewed these things in the way
I was trained to view them, either as a social problem —
refer to social services — or as a mental health problem —
refer to mental health services. And then something happened
to make me rethink my entire approach. When I finished my residency, I wanted to go someplace
where I felt really needed, someplace where I could make a difference. So I came to work for
California Pacific Medical Center, one of the best private hospitals
in Northern California, and together, we opened a clinic
in Bayview-Hunters Point, one of the poorest, most underserved
neighborhoods in San Francisco. Now, prior to that point, there had been only
one pediatrician in all of Bayview to serve more than 10,000 children, so we hung a shingle, and we were able
to provide top-quality care regardless of ability to pay. It was so cool. We targeted
the typical health disparities: access to care, immunization rates,
asthma hospitalization rates, and we hit all of our numbers. We felt very proud of ourselves. But then I started noticing
a disturbing trend. A lot of kids were being
referred to me for ADHD, or Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, but when I actually did
a thorough history and physical, what I found was that
for most of my patients, I couldn’t make a diagnosis of ADHD. Most of the kids I was seeing
had experienced such severe trauma that it felt like something else
was going on. Somehow I was missing something important. Now, before I did my residency,
I did a master’s degree in public health, and one of the things that they teach you
in public health school is that if you’re a doctor and you see 100 kids
that all drink from the same well, and 98 of them develop diarrhea, you can go ahead
and write that prescription for dose after dose
after dose of antibiotics, or you can walk over and say,
“What the hell is in this well?” So I began reading everything that
I could get my hands on about how exposure to adversity affects the developing brains
and bodies of children. And then one day,
my colleague walked into my office, and he said, “Dr. Burke,
have you seen this?” In his hand was a copy
of a research study called the Adverse Childhood
Experiences Study. That day changed my clinical practice
and ultimately my career. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study is something that everybody
needs to know about. It was done by Dr. Vince Felitti at Kaiser
and Dr. Bob Anda at the CDC, and together, they asked 17,500 adults
about their history of exposure to what they called “adverse
childhood experiences,” or ACEs. Those include physical, emotional,
or sexual abuse; physical or emotional neglect; parental mental illness,
substance dependence, incarceration; parental separation or divorce; or domestic violence. For every yes, you would get
a point on your ACE score. And then what they did was they correlated these ACE scores
against health outcomes. What they found was striking. Two things: Number one, ACEs are incredibly common. Sixty-seven percent of the population
had at least one ACE, and 12.6 percent, one in eight,
had four or more ACEs. The second thing that they found was that there was
a dose-response relationship between ACEs and health outcomes: the higher your ACE score,
the worse your health outcomes. For a person with an ACE score
of four or more, their relative risk of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease was two and a half times that
of someone with an ACE score of zero. For hepatitis, it was also
two and a half times. For depression, it was
four and a half times. For suicidality, it was 12 times. A person with an ACE score
of seven or more had triple the lifetime risk
of lung cancer and three and a half times the risk
of ischemic heart disease, the number one killer
in the United States of America. Well, of course this makes sense. Some people looked at this data
and they said, “Come on. You have a rough childhood,
you’re more likely to drink and smoke and do all these things
that are going to ruin your health. This isn’t science.
This is just bad behavior.” It turns out this is exactly
where the science comes in. We now understand
better than we ever have before how exposure to early adversity affects the developing brains
and bodies of children. It affects areas like
the nucleus accumbens, the pleasure and reward
center of the brain that is implicated
in substance dependence. It inhibits the prefrontal cortex, which is necessary for impulse control
and executive function, a critical area for learning. And on MRI scans, we see measurable differences
in the amygdala, the brain’s fear response center. So there are real neurologic reasons why folks exposed
to high doses of adversity are more likely to engage
in high-risk behavior, and that’s important to know. But it turns out that even if you don’t
engage in any high-risk behavior, you’re still more likely
to develop heart disease or cancer. The reason for this has to do with
the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis, the brain’s and body’s
stress response system that governs our fight-or-flight response. How does it work? Well, imagine you’re walking
in the forest and you see a bear. Immediately, your hypothalamus
sends a signal to your pituitary, which sends a signal
to your adrenal gland that says, “Release stress hormones!
Adrenaline! Cortisol!” And so your heart starts to pound, Your pupils dilate, your airways open up, and you are ready to either
fight that bear or run from the bear. And that is wonderful if you’re in a forest
and there’s a bear. (Laughter) But the problem is what happens
when the bear comes home every night, and this system is activated
over and over and over again, and it goes from being
adaptive, or life-saving, to maladaptive, or health-damaging. Children are especially sensitive
to this repeated stress activation, because their brains and bodies
are just developing. High doses of adversity not only affect
brain structure and function, they affect the developing immune system, developing hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA
is read and transcribed. So for me, this information
threw my old training out the window, because when we understand
the mechanism of a disease, when we know not only
which pathways are disrupted, but how, then as doctors, it is our job
to use this science for prevention and treatment. That’s what we do. So in San Francisco, we created
the Center for Youth Wellness to prevent, screen and heal the impacts
of ACEs and toxic stress. We started simply with routine screening
of every one of our kids at their regular physical, because I know that if my patient
has an ACE score of 4, she’s two and a half times as likely
to develop hepatitis or COPD, she’s four and half times as likely
to become depressed, and she’s 12 times as likely
to attempt to take her own life as my patient with zero ACEs. I know that when she’s in my exam room. For our patients who do screen positive, we have a multidisciplinary treatment team
that works to reduce the dose of adversity and treat symptoms using best practices,
including home visits, care coordination, mental health care, nutrition, holistic interventions, and yes,
medication when necessary. But we also educate parents
about the impacts of ACEs and toxic stress the same way you would for covering
electrical outlets, or lead poisoning, and we tailor the care
of our asthmatics and our diabetics in a way that recognizes that they may
need more aggressive treatment, given the changes to their hormonal
and immune systems. So the other thing that happens
when you understand this science is that you want to shout it
from the rooftops, because this isn’t just an issue
for kids in Bayview. I figured the minute
that everybody else heard about this, it would be routine screening,
multi-disciplinary treatment teams, and it would be a race to the most
effective clinical treatment protocols. Yeah. That did not happen. And that was a huge learning for me. What I had thought of as simply
best clinical practice I now understand to be a movement. In the words of Dr. Robert Block, the former President
of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest
unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.” And for a lot of people,
that’s a terrifying prospect. The scope and scale of the problem
seems so large that it feels overwhelming to think about how we might approach it. But for me, that’s actually
where the hopes lies, because when we have the right framework, when we recognize this to be
a public health crisis, then we can begin to use the right
tool kit to come up with solutions. From tobacco to lead poisoning
to HIV/AIDS, the United States actually has
quite a strong track record with addressing public health problems, but replicating those successes
with ACEs and toxic stress is going to take determination
and commitment, and when I look at what
our nation’s response has been so far, I wonder, why haven’t we taken this more seriously? You know, at first I thought
that we marginalized the issue because it doesn’t apply to us. That’s an issue for those kids
in those neighborhoods. Which is weird, because the data
doesn’t bear that out. The original ACEs study
was done in a population that was 70 percent Caucasian, 70 percent college-educated. But then, the more I talked to folks, I’m beginning to think that maybe
I had it completely backwards. If I were to ask
how many people in this room grew up with a family member
who suffered from mental illness, I bet a few hands would go up. And then if I were to ask how many folks
had a parent who maybe drank too much, or who really believed that
if you spare the rod, you spoil the child, I bet a few more hands would go up. Even in this room, this is an issue
that touches many of us, and I am beginning to believe
that we marginalize the issue because it does apply to us. Maybe it’s easier to see
in other zip codes because we don’t want to look at it. We’d rather be sick. Fortunately, scientific advances
and, frankly, economic realities make that option less viable every day. The science is clear: Early adversity dramatically affects
health across a lifetime. Today, we are beginning to understand
how to interrupt the progression from early adversity
to disease and early death, and 30 years from now, the child who has a high ACE score and whose behavioral symptoms
go unrecognized, whose asthma management
is not connected, and who goes on to develop
high blood pressure and early heart disease or cancer will be just as anomalous
as a six-month mortality from HIV/AIDS. People will look at that situation
and say, “What the heck happened there?” This is treatable. This is beatable. The single most important thing
that we need today is the courage to look
this problem in the face and say, this is real
and this is all of us. I believe that we are the movement. Thank you. (Applause)

100 Replies to “How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

  1. Finally someone who understands 🖤 and has integrity. You are a very valuable person. May you win this fight. For us all. 🖤💕

  2. my mom was always working, was too tired for me, didnt encourage or uplift me and my future wasnt talked about…is that neglect?

  3. Reading comments. I don’t think she is talking about just bad parenting. She talking about those of us who walked on egg shells daily , not sure we would survive the night ,mother beaten and broken ,children beaten and abused ,drug and alcohol abuse . I’m almost 50 mow ,parents long dead but I’m just starting to understand why I do the things I do. I’m a runner. Lol. If things get ugly ,I’m out. My children. I was WAYYYYY over protective ! I have health issues physical and mental but I’m working through it. Starting to understand Most important thing I have contributed is that my children never experienced the traumas I lived and the cycle is BROKEN ! I raised 4 sons . They are married , employed,fathers ,brothers ,active manners of their communities. I am very proud of them and myself for being able to provide a safe loving and stable home life for my boys . It sounds small but to me it’s huge . As for me. I’m a retired nurse. Yep I truly made it out physically but I’m not sure if my mind will ever be freed . I always have marajuana in the house because sometimes I just can’t slow it down . It’s still overwhelming in my moments of panic. That fight or flight starts for seemingly no reason at all. So I guess I’m slightly crazy . Fortunately I hide it well. My only sibling was my little brother. I lost him when he was 32 to a drug overdose. It destroyed me ! Still to this day I think I should have been there . I’m a nurse. I could have saved him but I didn’t. I was alone with my mother when cancer took her away too. Maybe I’m just afraid all the time of what’s next. I don’t know. Still working through it.

  4. Even though you are a 60 year old adult the psychopathic mother will abuse, and often severely, because you are still "her" child. Abandon them.

  5. I believe the stress response can also be activated by social media. As a therapist working with young people, so much of their lives are online and behind the screen a new category of stress trigger should be added to the questionaire. Things like negative comments, trolls, cyberbullying, etc all trigger this in young people and children. There is a definite affect on their perception of relationships and reality. So even some children who do not have family related trauma or adverse experiences may have ACEs. Also families split because of geography, acrimonious divorce, unemployment or financial adversity are also triggers for ACEs as they can cause difficulties in parental behaviour or mental health which can have an adverse affect on children and young people in the household.
    Consider the fact that from birth to 3 years is the first great development of the human brain, but that from the onset of puberty, adolescence marks the next great stage of brain development when repeated behaviours or experiences create connections. On top of that young people have no ability to put any experience into context the way an adult might be able to, and must find a way to understand and interpret and internalise all of their experiences. We need a supplemental study.

  6. Well this explains a LOT about my life and poor health. Growing up in our house was unhappy and chaotic,to say the least. This info is groundbreaking! Brilliant doc!

  7. Flight or fight or freeze … we have been brain trained to believe there are only 2 reactions to adversity … there are in fact 3 … I think 'freeze' correlates with the impulse reactors and self medicating and addictive behaviours as an alternative and harmful reaction. and coping mechanism to adverse situations. Great video and amazing and insightful speaker, thank you 🙂

  8. This is key in understanding prevention and early intervention. Unfortunately, we didn't have this knowledge or science years ago, so many adolescents and adults are suffering today. But now we know better, and we must do better. This is ground-breaking for our future.

  9. As a hypnotherapist I totally understand the link between past trauma and unhelpful negative behaviour.
    I have been trained to "change" the client's perspective and create real permanent resolution.
    This stuff is real and can only be overcome with professional help. Consider a local hypnotherapist, don't suffer in silence.
    www.basingstokehypnotherapy4you.com

  10. The real crisis in this country, is that children experiencing chronic abuse and trauma, is that they grow up! I had a ACE score of 5. I am 59 years old and have High Blood pressure, chronic depression, a lot of traits of autism. No one Ever asked me about my childhood!!!! Ever! They just put me in the hospital when I became suicidal, put me on a myriad of psych meds, even gave me ECT. Then doctors pretty much gave up and told me I would Always be in/out of hospital, be on meds, and never be able to work.

  11. Denial has aways been the sticking point for tackling this issue. When I was older, my Dad used to repeatedly tell me that his parenting methods ‘Never did me any harm’. Of course I was too scared to question his thinking. 😟

  12. The reason we don't want to face the problem is Western culture. We believe in nuclear families, rather than raising children in extended families with high connection to the local community. We believe in prioritizing career far above ancestral place. We also believe in preventing adolescents from assuming responsibility as adults, which is historically a very recent change and is highly related to these other values, but that's another topic. So long as we hold onto highly individualistic materialism, we are implicitly de-prioritizing the health of our children – and thus our future.

    We constantly listen constantly to media and marketing propaganda that reinforce these values, and we increasingly expose our children to them despite their vulnerability to such messages. We really would rather be sick than change.

  13. I've been trying to tell people this for decades. Thank goodness for her brain! And just so everyone knows, alot of this damage can be corrected and averted. For one, what you think is what your body largely DOES. Changing old patterns/behaviors. Removing yourself from toxic situations, environment, people. Implementing preventative health care for yourself. Deciding that you are no one's puppet. You absolutely CAN take control of your life. You can snip the roots of poison, pull them out and plant something lifegiving. We are extraordinary beings. We can do astonishing things. Change the script in your head and watch your body obey you.

  14. Childhood trauma begins in the womb, caused by stress and drugs on the part of the mother. But established medical science and Big Pharma have the solution. Bleed the patients to rid the bodies of evil demons. ACE: Adverse Childhood Experiences. Most parents are not qualified to be parents. Most people must not be permitted to reproduce? Eugenics, anyone? What social classes are reproducing the most? ACE will eventually result in social collapse.

    The pre-frontal cortex for executive functions doesn't mature until one is in his mid-twenties. This part of the brain controls or restricts irrational or destructive behavior which is characteristic of teen behavior.

    When one is under stress (running from a bear), the blood and energy that promote health repair and maintenance goes into the "fight or flight mode". One under constant physical or emotional stress or trauma is depriving the body of the energy to maintain health. This energy can't be in both places at the same time. Hence, illness results. What Dr. Harris says, is supported by the findings of Drs. Joe Dispenza and Bruce Lipton.

    "We don't have the funds to support this program. It's too controversial. We should appoint a special commission to investigate."

  15. Wow im 42 has a child i ticked every single trauma box many many times i just want to say thanks im going to get the help i need its been a tuff ride i blamed myself i was drinking and taking drugs i and never understud why untill now god bless you 🙏 💞

  16. One of the biggest challenges we have as adults who were abused as children is until we heal from what happened, it will directly effect how we parent. Even if you don't hit your kids or copy what was done to you, it comes out in other ways. You need to get better or the cycle will continue, even if it's only modified.

  17. I am a victim of this stuff. For me and my sister it produced bypolar syndrome. I attempted suicide at age 16. I have a drug abuse problem and my sister was an alcoholic. She had serious health issues as well me too hypertension and hepatitis this stuff is all too real

  18. I just saw the film Monster and the documentary of Aileen , this is what happens to children growing up in adversity, they are not born monsters.

  19. Sometimes i wish i could get revenge on All the people that fucked me up. Most of the time i feel so heart cold. This is what they made of me. Its like you are a Monster but at the same time it feels scary.

  20. I read her book, The Deepest Well: Healing Long Term Effects of Childhood Adversity and it was life changing. Every single person could benefit from the information. This is how we begin to end the cycle of trauma and passing that down to our children. It makes me feel so empowered to know that even though I have experienced trauma, as a parent, I can break that cycle and teach my children healthy coping strategies and model healthy relationships.

  21. I have spent thousands and thousands due to the abuse I've encountered. I'm 36 and still spending my life healing. I currently imagine that my mind will eventually feel like someone who had good parents all their life at the age of 50 maybe.

  22. From the research I’ve done I think there’s one enormous reason that childhood trauma is not being addressed properly: to fix the root of the problem, we need to bring back the traditional, nuclear, married mom-and-dad family as the norm.
    There are so many studies on this I can’t cite them all here — just google “child abuse and single-parent households” if you’re interested — but it is overwhelmingly clear that the absolute healthiest, safest environment for kids to grow up in is the traditional mother-and-father marriage family unit. Any other situation is many times more dangerous and unhealthy.

    But this of course is “old-fashioned”, “exclusive”, and “unwoke”. So until THAT root issue is addressed, the problem of increasing childhood trauma will not go away.

  23. Why would you send a quack who mutilates children to take care of children? The American Academy of Quacks recommends child knife rape. We cut parts of children with no anesthesia. And you think sending them the quack who violates them the most is your solution?

  24. Not one word about the sexual torture and genital mutilation of baby boys in this state. Other countries are leading the way in banning this barbaric procedure, but California lags far behind in protecting the human right of everyone to genital integrity.

  25. This hits home. My mother was murdered when I was 13 while I was in the house and find these behaviors very familiar. I just wish they could be cured as an adult.

  26. I guess the 854 thumbs down were the psychopathic narcissistic abusers that don't want to admit it's wrong to hurt others.

  27. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 29. I had genetic testing done. No BRCA1 or 2, no Lynch syndrome, no family history. I always wondered what happened to me. I had a father who was bipolar and was down more than up. Everytime he lost a job my mother had to go to work. I had a hugely codependent relationship with her. She was my all in all. Then there was my brother. We still don't know what his diagnosis was, at the time they said he was borderline retarded but a therapist told me that was impossible given his ability to reason and get revenge and things like that, idk, but I was physically abused by him. Not often, but enough that I knew the threat was there. I love my family and I miss my momma. She died in 2010 of lung cancer. I finally got the strength to get a restraining order against my brother and I had to put my dad in a home due to dementia. I don't know if all this caused my cancer, but I don't think I ever really realized what I always called a happy childhood wasn't so happy. My brother was never punished for what he did to me, my mom protected him because "He was sick" "He couldn't help it" but no one protected me!

  28. Something I have be advocating against in the criminalization of our children and youth. TBRI (Trust Based Relationship Intervention) is a much needed approach while trauma is continuing to increase. Our growing number of broken homes along with public schools are systemically (unintentionally) increasing trauma in the lives of our children. (Elkind, Keegan, Bronfenbreener, etc. have written about this but our society as a whole has its head in the sand.) Every institution that is supposed to be about the healthy development of children have been hijacked by adult-driven agendas. The disconnectedness of schools, home and yes, even religious organizations, parks and recreation, etc. are not working together for the best interests of our child. Every organization has their own agenda and it is crippling our children. Thank you Dr. Nadie Burke Harris for being part of starting a movement. We need more people to get on board for the sake of our children. Dr. Rich Griffith

  29. I'm almost certain I developed diabetes as a kid from emotional trauma. My developing body couldn't deal with it, is my thinking anyway. I also have adrenaline pumping through me most of the day, without medication to control it. I don't like going outside or being around other people at all, but I force myself to at least go out before dawn down to the beach every day to watch the sunrise, then escape when people start showing up.

  30. You go ! My sister & I were both abused . I've known this for years . I have had two unrelated cancers ; my sister didn't make it to sixty . The horrible life that we experienced will , no doubt , kill both of us . Grief is a strong emotion but what doesn't kill you , makes you stonger . The cost of not addressing this issue is tremendous . It destroys for generations !

  31. Nice amd important lecture but the "they" that "have discovered so and so" are todays Johnny come lately that have been perpetuating the problem she speaks on by monopolizing and keeping hostage health "sciences" for financial reasons….this was common knowledge among certain indigenous civilizations…and today within certain circles of holistic healing and naturopathic discplines.

  32. Trauma has no bounds, it impacts people from all walks of life regardless of race, gender, social-economic status, etc. Could this be the thing that brings us all together?

  33. Film in which Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond talks about trauma and his lifetime of issues. Preview of film to be released Jan, 2020: https://www.tugg.com/titles/cracked-up

  34. I wish I would’ve had someone like her in my corner during my development years instead of the bears and the welfare lady that came to our house saying I’m crying wolf.

  35. this is amazing …… I am 51 and am beginning to understand only now how my ACE's have affected my life: physical; asthma, early onset hypertension at 18, kidney disease, COPD ….. mental; low self-esteem, drinking, cigarrette smoking for 35 years (quit and am smoke free for 4 years now:)) hoarding, failed relationships, domestic violence …… I feel that bringing this treatment to the forefront can be the change for future generations and hope for humanity. Thank you for your work and commitment to this movement

  36. The bear did come home every night and even though he's gone now, I still feel him around when there are triggers and simple daily unwanted reminders. It truly ruins who you are or who you once thought you were. Questioning your identity is something you're starting to get tired of. Ruining and running from relationships and friendships becomes a habit you feel you'll never get out of doing. Making reckless and selfish decisions when you aren't at your best at attempts to feel better, or at least feel something. Filled with guilt and endless self-hatred. Even when the trauma is finally over. It seems like it will never end. There are times when I do have hope but otherwise I feel like I'm this huge dark cloud that's destroying everyone around me. This has become unrelated to the video but I will post it anyway. I don't like sharing or talking about my past or how I really feel deep down. I hide it and will most likely continue to do so. At the end of the day I know I'm not alone and I also know that like so many others one day I'll feel as free as I am. No matter how much I feel chained to the trauma and to him I know I'm not. It's just not the same thing. Saying it and knowing it in comparison to feeling it. That's just how it is presently.

  37. I took a parenting class. Instead of knowing everything I loved it! Learn more, U might think you know your children. No! Take some time & talk to them. You'll be surprised how much you are missing out on. Start Now.

  38. WOW! This hit home in a big way! I just answered the questionnaire, and I scored an 8 out of 10. Here it is in case you want to fill it out too:
    https://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Finding%20Your%20ACE%20Score.pdf

    As a 40 something year old woman who suffered several ACE’s through the majority of my childhood, I’m interested in learning if there’s anything I can do to change my risk of the outcomes Dr. Burke spoke of. I know one thing that has already helped reduce my risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and many more health benefits. I have the proof in black and white, in the form of blood work during my last hospital stay, and the proof in my clinical symptoms, allowing me to stop medications I’ve been on for years as well as reduced inflammation in my body. I also lost that last 15 pounds that’s always the hardest to lose. As a bonus, it’s also greatly improved my mental health. Curious what this “magic” anecdote is yet? Veganism. That’s it. My blood work changed so drastically in 6 short months that my doctor brought in 5 of his colleagues to ask me what I was doing differently. They were most interested in my low cholesterol. I never had high cholesterol anyway (as a matter of fact, it’s always been ideal), that made the reduction they saw even more noteworthy. I was told they had never seen anyone with as low cholesterol as mine. They probably had a combined experience of 100+ years, yet they had NEVER seen anyone with my cholesterol levels. If that doesn’t prove veganism works, idk what would.🌱
    #GoVegan #BeVegan

  39. ACE questionnaire for anyone interested:
    https://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Finding%20Your%20ACE%20Score.pdf

    I scored an 8 out of 10. The sad part is that I suffered from the majority of those 8 ACE’s all at the same time, all throughout my childhood. While I was starting to heal from a car accident, and after my doctors performed every test imaginable (for my symptoms), I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, among other things. I had more than one doctor tell me that my body was in a constant state of fight-or-flight. I didn’t fully understand the ramifications of that until I watched this video. I now feel like I need to be even more diligent about my healthcare, and seek treatment, remedies, etc. in order to ward off some of the diseases Dr. Burke spoke of. I guess it’s time to do some research on this subject, especially with my high ACE score as a child, and the fact that my body was again in fight-or-flight mode for years as an adult.

    On a side note, my MVA was on 9/11/2002. Back then I insisted to my doctors that my fibromyalgia was brought on by my MVA. EVERY DOCTOR insisted that wasn’t the case. But I knew that I was healthy as a horse (except asthma) before the accident. Only recently have doctors understood that illness and injury CAN bring on “sudden onset fibro”. They’ve also discovered that injury-related fibro patients who link their ailment to an MVA, especially those with a neck injury, are more likely to have sudden onset fibro that comes on quicker, stronger, and more powerful.
    Yup! That’s what I said from the start about my personal fibro, yet not a single Dr. would even consider it. Honestly, I hate when doctors don’t trust you when you’re talking about what’s “normal” in your own body! 😡
    I also believe there is some type of correlation between everything that occurred as a result of my MVA and me being diagnosed with hypothyroidism so soon afterward. The jury is still out on that one in the medical field though.

  40. This made me cry. I was emotionally, physically and sexually abused by my father and many others for the first 10 years of my life. Always had horrendous flashbacks. I am exactly what you stated in reference to my health. Also, I did try to take my own life, but was only crying for help. Thank you so much for this. I'm seeking help after running most of my life, and I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are millions just like me. My brother and sister committed suicide. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters still living and they have health issues as well. Thank you for this message, it helped. Always praying for the little ones.

  41. At age 1 1/2 my mom left me in Jamaica. At age 5 I went to meet her in New York, I lived with her and her abusive boyfriend In a new York apartment. Then she died at age 6; had to moved to my grandma, then go back to Jamaica to live with my father. Who isn’t perfect but somewhat tried. At age 12; I was involved in the Tivoli Gardens Massacre that killed 70+. No one ever asked me if I was ok. And I never was given help . My help is my poetry book “ Mockery Beach” on Kindle. She is right, and as i get older i know something is wrong.

  42. This is called "generational curses." Pick up your bible! Only the blood of Jesus can break these cycles. This is not new information.

  43. Hope I can leave this here: I hope at least one young adult or anyone can read this. I was a product of child abuse from a single mother with mental issues… who had little income and education. But that's not why I'm posting this message. I'm posting this because I want ANYone who has had issues with mental illness no matter how they got it. True, Nadine has a point with childhood trauma and how it affects one's health and one's future. But again, I want "you" to read this message…and I hope this can help someone who's dealt with their own personal issues to stay or become independent. This message was initially posted on another channel by a business entrepreneur (Mr. Kiyosaki)…sorry I forgot his channel just now.

    I was to inherit a house from a dead beat dad who was never in our lives and never paid child support. It would've been the only asset I'd ever have to invest in. Like many college grads, I've been poor with nothing but a little savings. I hustle for a living in an industry that no one ever would go to school for or would want to.
    This house that I "was" to inherit actually belonged to my our uncle who was once a LA doctor right up until he died of a stroke or something of that nature in 2017. In 2018 my father ended up getting stage 4 cancer but was supposed to get all assets from his dead brother since he had no will himself by the time he died in 2017. Our father had no real assets for himself other than a "mortgage." Initially in our father's will my sister was to receive a small trailer in AK that was also owned by our late uncle. I felt bad for her since she was the only one among myself and our mother whoever had any kind of relationship with this guy. I told her I'd share everything with her, she texted back to me "Ok." She would even tell me that "we deserve that money…."
    In Dec of 2018, I ended up ruminating over feelings over my mother being by herself in taking care of myself and my sister. So…basically in Dec 2018, for some unGodly crazy reason, I cursed and berated my dead beat dad out via text. I didn't even care about my part in the will. In Feb 2019, my father amended his will and thus gave the house to my sister. In Feb 2019, I flew from NYC and went to care for our mother who just got out of back surgery in GA. My sister would then tell me that I was out of our father's will and that I didn't deserve that money. In a few days after my visit, my mother would die in front of me and my nephew a few days later while my sister had been going to FL to see her "daddy" and was about to take a cruise w/ one her daughters. I couldn't effing believe it. My mom was dead. Our father would die exactly a month later. I'd later learn that my sister had my mother sign everything over to her on the day of her surgery 2/7/19…even if my youngest nephew and I were supposed to inherit one of my mom's properties. My point isn't about having a sociopath for a sister who constantly depended on and manipulated and stole money from our mother and tried to scheme money from a dead beat dad who didn't even like her. My point is: kiss as much butt…even if it's your dead beat parent. For me, I am doomed. I'm doomed to poverty and to death by poverty. It's a pathetic, poor person's mentality as mention by Mr. Kiyosaki, sure….but I am 47 y/o with an OCD that conquered me and gave me this pathetic mentality. I let my issues rule my world, my life and my independence. Young people, take this man's advice: Do whatever you can to become independent (w/o becoming a prostitute or hurting others) and then do what you love later. Second point: DO IT NOW. As for those who feel they need emotional help, try to get help right away, don't be ashamed…. and stay the course even if you have to change therapists who may be as sociopathic as your relatives. Never give up on yourself. I'm a bit of a cynical hypocrite yes, but I'm no longer young while being realistic. "Your" youth and your decisions NOW are the best ways to your survival and to thrive in this world.

  44. I have taken a number of ACE trainings over the years since being a teacher in the early childhood field and this makes total sense…but those who attend the trainings are literally left with only the why…and not guided to figure out a solution or set of solutions that are tailored for the community they live in. Southern Oregon is filled with ACEs and current community conditions that continue to make them worse and pass down generation to generation. Our community is broken and so far down the drain, I don’t know where to even start.

    Google : 2016 community health needs assessment report – Asante. Jackson County and Josephine County
    2017 Jackson County community needs assessment
    2018 community health needs assessment report

  45. God bless and thank you for Dr. Burke Harris for sharing her presentation on this. She's right in how vital it is to address and help this.

  46. Why bring any more kids into this mess, fucking sinkhole of hospital beds, heartbreaks and loss, why can’t we all just agree this sucks and stop reproduction from ever happening again.

  47. I’ve been exposed to neglect, rejection, bullying, parental verbal abuse, sexual abuse, parental substance abuse, physical, emotional abuse and neglect, juvenile, one day of jail as an adult, stripping/prostitution etc etc

    Out of all this you would wonder why I’m not on drugs, why I’m not killing myself, why I’m not mean, evil, or why I don’t look like what I’ve been through? Truth be told I unpacked my demons by facing my truth and understanding and knowing with full belief that it’s not my fault and never was my fault. What people did to me was a projection of their own fears and they was doing to me what was being done to them. They didn’t know any better and if they did know better they did not care at the time of doing it. They were fighting to get their own power back.

    When I decided to get my life together I used church to get my heart right with God and once I was tired of the church and received healing I started meditating and began to focus on my truths. I was honest with myself and I’m still honest with myself and my heart really began to grow and be free! everything negative begin to be reversed to a positive. I’ve forgiven my Mom, my dad and my abusers. I’ve even forgiven myself. Today I am happy ! Today I am whole and I love myself so much that I choose to be better and give back to make this world a better place!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    I’ve accepted who I am and I agree that who I am will help others. I agree that anxiety is there and a lil PTSD however I do not agree with all the information you said cus I’m still standing and I can only speak for myself. I’m grateful for my life!

    -THE KESALA BRADLEY SHOW

    Order my Autobiography below!

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1726883159/ref=tsm_1_tp_tc

  48. Thank you very much for your precious lecture. I am reading your book, the deepest well translated in Korean at the moment. How lucky I am able to know all this by you. I appreciate so much Dr.Nadine Burke Harris.

  49. I have PSTD, i suffered enormous bullying since i remember, mi family was traumatizing till this day i can’t heal. sorry for the bad english.

  50. At the core of reality there is the question of why and how? Yet the deeper we dig, the more questions we have. If there's a God, then who made that God? What's his purpose? And so on. We're trying to dig deeper and deeper not realizing that we Will never get anywhere. Because there is nowhere to get. There being something final is paradoxical. If not that, then at least we will simply never understand whatever there is. That is a fact. So stop wondering, embrace that there is nothing for us here but our life's on this planet, and try to make the most of it. Btw I'm probably a 6 on the Ace scale. So don't take mentally challenged me too serious. Yet again, if you have a different answer to life's purpose then please share it with me.

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