My Adverse Childhood Experiences score is 5.
- +1 (insult, putting down);
- +1 (hit with a belt, hard, multiple times);
- 0 (no molestation);
- +1 (no love);
- 0 (sufficient material care);
- +1 (parents separated and divorced);
- 0 (no abuse of mother);
- 0 (no alcohol or drugs);
- +1 (depressed parent);
- 0 (no prison);
Compared to an ACE score of 0, having 4 adverse childhood experiences was associated with a 7-fold (700%) increase in alcoholism, and a 400% increase in emphysema (breathlessness); the likelihood of chronic pulmonary lung disease increases 390%; hepatitis, 240%; depression 460%; suicide, 1,220%.
And my parents were upper-middle class equivalent, college-educated people with good jobs, health care, high societal status, general respect, and many friends.