The Deepest Well

Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

This book looks at how childhood stress can lead to lifelong health problems and what we can do about it. The author delivers both scientific insight, including the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study, and moving stories. She pulls material from research labs and her own pediatric practice to describe the problem and inspire change. Be sure to check out her TED Talk.
251 pages. ©2018.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

kimberlyt

Review posted July 11, 2018

5

Wow. This book provided me with so much insight. Thank you for providing this book

emeiliaf

Review posted July 9, 2018

5

If you work with any children having experienced childhood trauma this is a must read.

CindiJ

Review posted July 9, 2018

5

This book shows the strong connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences and health issues. These health issues are not only experienced during childhood, but often continue to show up in adulthood. The personal storytelling method the author uses helps readers to easily follow along and experience compassion for those who have undergone ACE. Not only is this book extremely informative, it is also very well written--It had me hooked from the introduction.

cmurphy

Review posted July 4, 2018

5

Engaging and insightful. Picked it up after it arrived thinking to just read the introduction. Couldn't put it down until I finished it that night. The first few chapters were rough reads and invoked more than a few tears, but once she starts to outline a vision for the future the book is substantially less distressing (so keep reading, you'll get through it). It has already led to some good discussions with family and friends and definitely encourages reflection and analyses of one's self and relationships.

Sarahhadley

Review posted July 2, 2018

4

I've long been a fan of Nadine's work and this book did not disappoint. It gives me great hope to see the truth of how external circumstances effect our internal health on the national stage. If you don't have time to read this book, at least check out her TED talk.

sforrest

Review posted July 2, 2018

4

This book comes from a medical perspective but does a beautiful job advocating for the necessity of multi-disciplinary cooperation to help buffer children from the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. I appreciated that although the book was singular in its perspective of the root cause of poor health outcomes, it does not oversimplify the solution and realistically talks about the intense commitment, cooperation and responsiveness required to counteract this problem. Overall, the book was very easy to read and enjoyable. As a social worker in a school system, it also provided several resources and ideas for how to bring an awareness of ACES into real practice.

cbazzi

Review posted July 1, 2018

4

Excellent presentation of an important topic. Understanding the trauma children experience guides those working with children to be able to help them more effectively. Good for both parents, family members, friends and professionals working with children. In addition policy makers and the public can learn from this book how to set community standards and guidelines for health and wellness.

dsmith

Review posted June 20, 2018

5

A must read for anyone who works with children. As a result of reading this book I have gained a better perspective in understanding children and how ACES affect their lives. It has changed my approach in my interactions with children and youth. Very education and enlightening, also, a good read!

iCindy

Review posted June 19, 2018

5

"Is it possible that the daily threat of violence and homelessness breathing down your back is the cause of obesity?" Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. says in some cases the answer is "Yes." And she'll back that up with research studies that the reader can follow up on themselves.

mandy.stanley

Review posted June 19, 2018

5

FANTASTC! I wish more people would take the time to read this.

Mrs. Weasley

Review posted June 18, 2018

5

I have learned so much from reading this book. Beyond the information, the author also has an excellent story telling style that keeps you invested and moving along with the narrative. The author has a good sense of when to stop and explain something and when to keep moving. To those who are on a personal quest to come to grips with childhood trauma, a caveat - some of this book will hurt. Keep with it and read it in small pieces. It will definitely help. It will also serve as a way to make the topic more approachable to those around you. To those who haven't experienced childhood trauma but are seeking to understand, this is a wonderful guide book for you. It personalizes the facts and figures into something relatable. I think teachers, social workers, medical workers and police should read this book. This book reminds us all that we should question why something is happening instead of just accepting that it does.

Moira McKenna

Review posted June 15, 2018

5

Wow. Nadine Burke Harris's book is compelling. Knowing her experience and expertise, as I read and engage with the narrative, allows me to more fully consider how to approach children/adolescents and families with a trauma-informed lens. Thank you Nadine Burke Harris, your work is greatly appreciated.

dfernandez

Review posted June 12, 2018

5

This is an excellent book! I had seen Dr. Burke Harris' TED talk several years ago and was excited to learn she had published a book on this topic. I work in early childhood education with children ages 0-5 and families who have experienced an average of six ACEs. While the ACE study has been out for years, it is now finally gathering the attention it deserves, and Dr. Burke Harris is helping to bring this to the mainstream. Everyone needs to read this book!

cskillings77

Review posted June 6, 2018

5

The Deepest Well is an amazing book that delves into the intricacy of childhood trauma and how it plays out throughout the lifespan and generationally. Dr. Burke-Harris is a witty writer and blends humor and anecdotes from her life and clinical practice with neurobiological information. Highly recommended!

forestpinegirl

Review posted June 4, 2018

5

This book was very helpful. Great insite.

krystlemoxley

Review posted June 2, 2018

4

A very informative read regarding child trauma. The inclusion of the Aces study along with real world, for hand stories, gives the reader an insider's look at how children are affected by adverse experiences and how we can bring about change, one family at a time.

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Review posted June 1, 2018

5

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D brings warmth and a bit of humor to an issue that is neither warm nor humorous to discuss. It was enlightening to learn that the impact of childhood adversity can be ameliorated. I am talking about this book to everyone I know!

caitlin_espinoza

Review posted May 31, 2018

4

This book was very eye opening. It really delves into childhood adversity and how it can be measured universally by a simple test. Being able to measure adversity has serious implications not only in the medical field but in an education setting as well. As a teacher I feel like this book would be helpful, to other teachers, because it’s important to know what and how life experiences can negatively impact children and their growth and learning and how to remediate that. Overall this was an easy read and a very interesting book.

PCAO

Review posted May 31, 2018

5

In this book, Nadine Burke Harris presents about trauma and ACEs in a comprehensive and engaging manner for the reader. She is a brilliant and well-rounded doctor and educator. Although I have been learning as much as I can about toxic stress and children for several years now, this book contained new information that was incredibly useful. I plan to share the information I learned and will recommend this book whenever I can, so that others may benefit from this knowledge also.

oregonharriet

Review posted May 30, 2018

5

In my eyes, this book was extraordinary! Serendipitously, it was not only a fascinating read, it also paralleled the efforts and training of our trauma informed school. I believe this is a must read for every educator (and anyone, for that matter!). Dr. Nadine Harris shares her information in an engaging, clear approach and her passion about this subject simply jumps off the page. If you do not know what an ACE score is, or the lifelong impacts it can have, add this book to your list! This will be a book you keep for your personal collection!

amandamtstar

Review posted May 28, 2018

5

This was a great book! I watched Nadine’s TED talk which was amazing! Her book didn’t disappoint. If you are wanting to get an understanding of ACE’s this book is a must read!

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Review posted May 26, 2018

5

This isn't a how-to book, but rather a vivid illustration of how childhood adversity affects us all. This is an inspiring book, especially for clinicians.

erincotrone

Review posted May 25, 2018

5

This book was so insightful to the traumas that can be caused by childhood adversity. This was actually recommended by someone after I ordered the book, but before I got it. Which I thought was crazy! Anyone who wants to learn about the affects that childhood stress can cause, should definitely read this book. The ACE test is in this book as well, which is why this book was recommended in the first place.

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Review posted May 24, 2018

5

A must read. A true glimpse into how we can make lasting changes for the generations to come, by treating the whole child.

Beneventofam

Review posted May 14, 2018

5

Such a great read. You really get a better understanding and Difference in perspective after reading this book.

Donnamajames

Review posted May 14, 2018

5

Having been introduced to the ACEs training in the last year - it was a very good and interesting read! It is mind-blowing how many of us are suffering the effects of childhood trauma and adversity, I truly believe the more we are educated, the better off we are in helping one another to find compassion and understanding as well as turn the corner in finding the needed healing. It is a MUST for anyone who works with children in my opinion.

sahenderson

Review posted May 10, 2018

4

A must-read for anyone who treats people with ACEs! The book gives a history of how ACEs were connected to ill-health, what toxic stress does to the brain, advocates for universal screening for ACEs, and best practices for treating those with ACEs. But the title is a little misleading because there is no specific treatment for those with ACEs outside of psychotherapy, and doctors looking for diseases they may not have otherwise.

lkwarmels

Review posted May 6, 2018

5

What began as a preliminary reading on a Friday afternoon quickly turned into a weekend binge. It's Sunday night, I have finished the book and needed to share my love for it immediately. Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. has been doing work on the frontlines to better understand adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their contribution to toxic stress. This book shares what she has learned, how she has come to learn it, and the impacts ACEs have on not only an individual and family's health but also the public health of our entire world. As Dr. Harris points out, ACEs are not limited to low-income individuals or those of any particular race. According to one study mentioned in the book, 67% of people have experienced at least one ACE in their lifetime. I encourage you, the reader of this review, to take the quick, ten question "What's My ACE Score?" questionnaire then select this book. It will hit close to home no matter your score because undoubtedly you or someone you're close to is affected by toxic stress.

angiegraves

Review posted May 2, 2018

4

I really enjoyed this book. Being someone who suffered many child hood traumas this book helped me really understand myself more. Quite an easy read as well.

Andienicole

Review posted April 30, 2018

4

Provides a very good insight into how childhood factors play a role in a persons overall health in the long run.

retiredtom

Review posted April 24, 2018

5

This book is a "game changer" in our understanding of health, specifically the role of chronic stress related to early childhood adversity in sickness and treatment. Well written, even entertaining, the author makes clear that adversity is not just suffered by the poor, or minorities, but is shared by all races and classes (just covered up by some better than others). I applaud the foundation for making this book available.

Brownju

Review posted April 21, 2018

5

Best book read in years! The research is recent and information applicable to every community. Educators need to script the ACE test into every student's portfolio. Read this book and GO make a difference in your community!

DrStrait

Review posted April 15, 2018

5

Knowing this book would be highly important, I still found myself awed in just how effective a book it is in teaching, persuading and impacting me! I believe every physician, educator, law maker, community member and parent should sit down and read this book. As a Pediatrician, I have even an greater determination to screen, intervene, prevent and mitigate the consequences of ACEs. Thank you for such a wonderful book Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris!

stwellman

Review posted April 9, 2018

5

This is an excellent addition to my Culture of Care resources for myself and other staff members to use.

Sebastian

Review posted April 8, 2018

5

One of the most insightful books I've ever read on the impact that childhood trauma can have on adult health. The author argues, convincingly, that the connection of body and mind is inextricably linked to the outcomes of health. A very good read that I highly recommend.

ACunnington

Review posted March 31, 2018

5

This book was excellent! Nadine Burke Harris uses storytelling and explains ACEs and toxic stress in a way that is easy to understand. Everyone needs to hear this message. I am recommending it to everyone I know!

danagoodale

Review posted March 20, 2018

5

I work in a high school as a School Social Worker and this was a GREAT read that is very tied into my career. It gave me good insight into ways I can explain ACEs and their affects to my co-workers who don't have the same educational background as I do. Nadine's TED talks are always enjoyable, but this was an excellent way to dive deeper into the material and come away with a better understanding of how important positive relationships are in the lives of our youth.