Adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress are extremely common. Two out of every three people experience one or more traumatic early life event. These events have been shown to increase the risk of many medical conditions including cancer, heart disease and early death. By identifying risk early, and working to build strategies for mitigating adverse childhood experiences, we can work together to build a healthier future for our children.

This episode written by Drs. Vidhi Jhaveri, Lena van der List and Dean Blumberg.

Dr. Vidhi Jhaveri is a pediatrician at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

We thank Dr. Marcia Unger, a psychiatrist at UC Davis Medical Center for reviewing this episode, although Drs. Vidhi, Lena and Dean take full responsibility for any errors or misinformation.

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Photo from WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health