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


Review posted May 14, 2018


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


Review posted May 14, 2018


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.


Review posted May 10, 2018


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.


Review posted May 6, 2018


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.


Review posted May 2, 2018


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.


Review posted April 30, 2018


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


Review posted April 24, 2018


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.


Review posted April 21, 2018


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!


Review posted April 15, 2018


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!


Review posted April 9, 2018


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


Review posted April 8, 2018


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.


Review posted March 31, 2018


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!


Review posted March 20, 2018


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.