#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/9: Understanding ACEs and Toxic Stress


Understanding ACEs and toxic stress
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Our bodies are wired for survival, thanks to our biological stress response system.

However, without buffering protections, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), like neglect and abuse, can lead to a toxic stress response.

The toxic stress response is a dysregulated biological stress response and subsequent changes to other physiological functions like the brain, hormonal systems, metabolism, immune response, and gene regulation.

ACEs and the toxic stress response are associated with some of the most common, costly, and serious health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, dementia, and suicide.

Fortunately, we can prevent and even mitigate toxic stress.

Understanding ACEs and Toxic StressLet’s use #SaludTues on Feb. 9, 2021, to Tweet about the lifelong consequences of ACES and toxic stress and prevention strategies.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Understanding ACEs and Toxic Stress”
  • TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludAmerica
  • CO-HOSTS: ACEs Connection (@ACEsConnection); ACEs Aware (@ACEsAware); and Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (@CTIPPorg)

We’ll open the floor to science, your experiences and stories, and best practices as we explore:

  • The biological and social conditions associated with ACEs and toxic stress;
  • Protective factors for ACEs and the resulting toxic stress; and
  • Strategies to address ACEs and toxic stress.

Use #SaludTues to follow the conversation and share the latest in trauma-informed care.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludAmerica, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health, San Antonio.

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  1. Becky Kellerman

    Our son went through the worst part of my husband’s and my mental illness when he was a small child. I know that has affected our son. he has physical, mental disabilities and addiction. he is in a Skilled Nursing Facility for the Mentally I’ll since he was no longer safe at home. he thinks we are punishing him but it is to keep him safe. His diagnoses are schizoaffective disorder with Bipolar type 1, PTSD, addiction and a physical disability, spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia. he had major spinal surgery when he was just 11 and both hips replaced when he was 35. he hates where he is now and thinks we are doing this to punish him and that we’ve thrown him away. as a mom I am deeply stressed and sad about this. is it true that when a child goes through physical trauma, they may not be able to grow past that age.hes 38 now and it’s breaking my heart💔