A traumatic childhood often results in an adulthood with health complications and a lowered life expectancy. But even decades after the fact, there may be a way to diminish those harmful consequences.
When asked, Dr. Felitti cites the full list of the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences incorporated in his research.
While other experiences can certainly be traumatic, he adds, they don't cause the same kind of severity of life-long complications as the ten on his list. The table below shows their comparative frequency.