Intuition would tell you that bad experiences in childhood could lead to more bad things down the road, but doctors in Alberta are now finding new ways of integrating the research on childhood adversity into their day-to-day care.
The medical term is adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, and they include everything from childhood abuse to moving often, or having a family member with mental illness.
Julie McManus remembers the years she spent coming to terms with what happened to her as a child. She went through a lot, from her parents' divorce, to sexual abuse and being sold to perform sexual acts.
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Photo: Julie McManus met Dr. Teresa Killam when she was pregnant with her son. She is pictured here with her three daughters. (Submitted by Julie McManus)