Harvard Women's Health Watch

Past trauma may haunt your future health

Adverse childhood experiences, in particular, are linked to chronic health conditions. A rocky childhood. A violent assault. A car accident. If these are in your past, they could be affecting your present health. These are all examples of traumatic events which, in psychological terms, are incidents that make you believe you are in danger of being seriously injured or losing your life, says Andrea Roberts, a research scientist with the Harvard…

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