Q. I recently read an article you authored providing information about a 'landmark study' related to Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs. I went through the list and I have five (5) ACEs. I know they are impacting my life negatively as well as that of my family members and close friends. I never thought early childhood dysfunction and abuse could cause so many problems in adulthood. Now that I have made this connection, I want more information. What do I do now?

A. I am proud of you for looking at your life and identifyiing ACEs. That is the first step. Remember, it is not about blame, it is about figuring out what happened to you, what you have experienced, and how that is impacting your behaviors and choices now. You might want to explore information about that CDC-Kaiser study (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/about.html). You also may want to look for a good counselor who understands what this study has revealed and can help you with some practical recovery strategies. Sooner is better than later.