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Childhood trauma associated with adulthood

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that potentially millions of adult illnesses such as heart disease are related to childhood trauma, the Associated Press reported. In a report released Tuesday, the agency said it found strong links to adulthood and harm – both physically and psychologically – that occurred in childhood but had no direct links. In particular, the agency concluded that adults who have experienced potentially traumatic events are more likely to smoke and drink heavily. The CDC also found that reducing such events in childhood would reduce the number of depressed adults by 44 percent, adults with coronary heart disease by 1

3 percent, and adults with weight problems by 2 percent. According to the agency, women and minorities – such as African Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives – were more likely to experience four or more types of harm when they were children. The findings are from studies done by adults between 2015 and 2017.

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