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NFL Athlete Lawrence Phillips: The Broken Kid

 

http://blitzweekly.com/lawrenc...lips-the-broken-kid/


http://www.thenation.com/artic...d-lawrence-phillips/


Today NFL athlete Lawrence Phillips' death was ruled a suicide by the coroner.  His ACEs score (Adverse Childhood Experiences) was by all accounts extremely high.  By all accounts, he did not receive treatment for this unrelenting childhood trauma and attachment disruption. Abandoned by his father, abused by his stepfather, removed from his mother, placed in group homes, and a notorious juvenile detention center where he experienced more abuse, then exploited financially for his athletic ability as an adult at the expense of his physical and mental health, to sustain brain injuries and medical neglect of his mental health needs.  This points to the need for routine screening for ACEs by primary care physicians, by athletic departments, child welfare agencies, school systems, colleges, courts and prisons.  At any point, any of these service providers could have identified Mr. Phillips' high ACEs score and need for trauma and attachment treatment, intervened in this cycle of abuse,perhaps prevented new victims suffering at his hands (e.g. his domestic partners, his hit and run assault victims, and the cellmate he allegedly murdered) and perhaps even prevented his suicide.

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