Adverse Childhood Experience, or ACE, is very common. More than half of adults report some kind of significant adversity when they were children. The experiences can cause challenges throughout life, even many decades after the experiences occur. In particular, adversity early in life can increase a person’s risk of having many different kinds of health problems.
Your ACE score counts up the number of types of certain kinds of experience that you have had. Knowing your ACE score is one way to bring your personal experience into your conversations with healthcare professionals.
If you want to calculate your own ACE score, just click on the button below. It will take you the ACE Calculator, which asks 10 standard questions about different kinds of stressful or traumatic experience that kids experience, and then calculates your ACE score.
Some people find it triggering or upsetting to be asked these questions. Don’t do the ACE quiz unless you feel comfortable answering the questions.
If you would like to learn more about ACE, how it affects health, and how to cope with ACE, click here to visit a good website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bob Maunder MD and Jon Hunter MD