Reader Reviews for this Book
Review posted December 17, 2020
I have been interested in this topic for a while and this book is a good read. Book includes an ACE (adverse childhood experiences) test. I do not work with young kids but rather college students who are still processing and dealing with childhood traumas.
Review posted December 16, 2020
This book is such a great telling of Nadine's story. It's very informative, easy to understand, and hard to stop reading!
Review posted December 10, 2020
Very interesting and informative book. I recommend reading it.
Review posted December 9, 2020
I was so engrossed in this book. The stories told about adverse childhood experiences and the effect they have on a child long after the experience was so eye-opening. I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone who has children in their lives. The information this book presents empowers the reader to help children develop into healthy adults and impact our future for generations. Thank you Ford Foundation for including this valuable resource on your list!
Review posted December 9, 2020
Striking read. I requested this book to participate in a group discussion for work focusing on ACES. Thank you for making this available in an audio format!!
Review posted December 9, 2020
Super great!! I read this with my book club and received a lot of great information for trauma and the effects on childhood and how it effects children going into adulthood.
Review posted November 16, 2020
Inspiring and informative. Makes me want to travel to these places on an extended trip. Confirms some important ways of self care to aspire to.
Review posted November 14, 2020
This was an interesting read. Took me a bit to finish it but I would recommend it
Review posted November 2, 2020
Oh my! So informative & reflective.
Review posted October 13, 2020
Interesting read . Took a bit of time to get into thr book
Review posted October 2, 2020
The Deepest Well is definitely worth reading; kudos to Burke Harris for persevering to produce it, and for including some of her own story and her family’s story. The personal part of her story is poignant and pertinent, and I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it for people who read the book.
Review posted September 27, 2020
This book is a worth a read for those working in this field or those having experienced childhood adversity.
Review posted September 22, 2020
This cd was amazing. A great listen while heading to and from work and as I feel ACES are so important in treating trauma and so much more, this laid it out even more so. A must in every helping fields toolbelt.
Review posted September 15, 2020
Prior to reading this book, I understood the ways in which childhood adversity is linked to behavioral and mental health outcomes. This book helped me understand the ways in which childhood adversity and trauma affect our biology and can lead to medical illness. In addition to sharing anecdotes from her profession, the author detailed how adversity affects our brain and responses to stress. This is an excellent resource for anybody who works with children.
Review posted September 13, 2020
Really well written and easy to understand book. Such important information that is both accessible and universal.
Review posted September 7, 2020
This is an accessible, engaging introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on health and longevity.
Review posted September 3, 2020
Excellent in-depth look at how childhood and child development are affected by trauma and how we can build skills of resilience for children in early childhood education.
Review posted August 5, 2020
This book was incredibly helpful in deepening my understanding of how ACES outcomes were being applied in medical work with children.
Review posted August 3, 2020
Great information about childhood adverse experiences.
Review posted July 21, 2020
I really enjoyed this book!
Review posted June 28, 2020
A must read for any who has childhood trauma or works with someone who does; so basically all of us. Eye opening research in a format everyone can understand.
Review posted June 18, 2020
It wasn't exactly the read that I was hoping for... however, I was able to pass it along to my daughter who recently took in a foster child and it is helping her and her husband tremendously!!
Review posted June 18, 2020
Beautifully written, amazing and adds volumes to the knowledge that I have received as I have been studying ACES. Thank you!
Review posted June 5, 2020
The Deepest Well By Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. Ford Family Foundation Review – Harry Hoogesteger – June 5, 2020 This is an outstanding book. It should be required reading for all educators, teachers, and nurses. Dr. Burke Harris tells her story of starting a pediatric clinic in one of the poorest, under-served neighborhoods in the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Area. This book reads like a good detective story: she keeps encountering children who have multiple, sometimes intractable problems such as : obesity, or malnourishment; high blood pressure; “failure to learn & thrive;” anorexia; rebellion and acting out; truancy; etc. It feels to her like an epidemic. Yet no one seems to be addressing or even understanding this epidemic…..until she stumbles onto a study about ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences). These include sexual abuse, parental neglect, substance abuse, divorce, imprisonment of a parent, etc. She and her colleagues come up with a standardized questionnaire that determines the number of ACE’s a child has endured (1-10). And lo and behold, the higher the ACE score, the more problems the kids have. The damage is “dose-dependent.” This revolutionizes her practice in the Bay Area. In addition to being a caring, cracker-jack pediatrician, she now takes on the additional roles of fund-raiser, public speaker, policy convenor, childhood advocate, and leader of a new non-profit organization. All while raising four of her own kids. Wowsers ! Along the way, she lays out how prevalent ACEs are in our country (they’re not just limited to areas of poverty) -- along with focused suggestions on how to treat and heal from these experiences of trauma. Almost certainly, someone you know has had some encounters with ACEs….and that has affected their behavior, and their view of the world. #
Review posted June 2, 2020
So informative and inspirational
Review posted June 2, 2020
Wonderful and very insightful book into how ACEs affect our health and well-being.
Review posted May 20, 2020
This book brought up difficult conversation in a light way. The author could get technical when needed, however keep more of a story. It broadens one views on ACE and behaviors that are connected if not healed by self or by professionals. I hope that it helps me be more tolerant for individuals are going thru on a daily basis.
Review posted May 14, 2020
Nadine Burke Harris is a great author and makes so many interesting points. Great intro to ACEs if you are unfamiliar.
Review posted May 7, 2020
Review posted April 25, 2020
As a pediatrician I could totally relate to Nadine’s experiences. She opened my eyes a lot to how I treat my patients and how I might be mistreating my patients. I have been able to make some significant changes in my practice based on learning more about aces and how they are impacting my patients every day lives as well as possibly my own. I have gone on to suggest this book to many people as well as starting to explain aces to those around me
Review posted April 10, 2020
Incredibly helpful book for understanding how we can help heal childhood trauma in people. I work with people daily impacted by childhood trauma, and this book was so helpful in helping me understand how to help those people move forward and thrive.
Review posted April 4, 2020
This is my favorite of the Select Books Library (so far). It delivers a powerful message with thorough research and well-thought plan for making a positive difference in the world. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially educators and parents.
Review posted March 30, 2020
such a good book
Review posted March 24, 2020
Definitely was a huge help in showing us what happens from all forms of trauma and to help us better understand it all to prevent lifelong illnesses. Very quick read as it was very engaging.
Review posted March 14, 2020
The book has some helpful tips on supporting individuals with trauma. A lot more helpful than ACES training.
Review posted March 13, 2020
The Deepest well is a great introduction to epigenetics and the physical impact of trauma on DNA. It explains how cycles of trauma are perpetuated on a physiological level and how this goes much deeper than simple learned behavior. Also goes into how this can be overcome and how we can teach our bodies and brains to rewire. Good book.
Review posted March 1, 2020
As a home visitor I found the information very valuable and enlightening. I was pleased that I am on the right path in understanding and was able to increase my understanding to share with others.
Review posted February 26, 2020
From the acknowledgements to the index and all parts in between, The Deepest Well works to bring an understanding of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long term effects on health and well being to the masses. What was once a topic only discussed by public health professionals is brought to the public through the clarity, structure, and evidence outlined in Dr. Burke Harris' book. Recommend this book for anyone who was a child or knows a child, to help better understand the impact of childhood experiences on lifespan.
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Review posted February 13, 2020
Loved this book! But as for healing the long term effects , that's up for question. How do we heal the effects when the situations that traumatize children are still there. The monsters that sexually molest, rage, and deprive, rich or poor, are free with no real accountability. Yes, this is a scientific start but the real healing will come when a society actually stops the Monsters.
Review posted February 3, 2020
It is interesting the connection between childhood stress and lifetime medical issues. Good read.
Review posted February 2, 2020
This book was easy to read and difficult to put down. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has provided numerous study results, real life stories, and her personal struggles surrounding the impact of ACEs. She has true dedication to spreading the word surrounding the impact of childhood adversity and I applaud her for that. I will definitely share this book with colleagues, friends, and family.
Review posted February 1, 2020
This book was well worth the time invested in reading! Not only did I learn all the different ways traumatic stress affects children, and kills adults, but the author gives real life action her clinic took to assist their clients in recovering their health. I've used what I learned to help me with the children in my care. I also enjoyed the telling of her own personal family story, reflecting her major points. THE DEEPEST WELL is a great addition to my tools addressing trauma-informed care.
Review posted January 25, 2020
An excellent exploration of ACES and their impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan.
Review posted January 20, 2020
This is a must read for any adult working in proximity to youth. Dr. Burke breaks down the science behind the ACES study in an easy to read, engaging style. Practical, hands on solutions are offered, as well as a hope for fostering resiliency within trauma impacted situations.
Review posted January 7, 2020
Very interesting read. Great discussion about ACEs, their impact and what we can do in our communities. Especially important, ACEs impact everyone - not a certain socioeconomic class or ethnicity.
Review posted December 5, 2019
Harris' book thoroughly describes her successful efforts to bring the ACEs study to bear on a challenged San Francisco neighborhood. It narrates the broad and narrow work which addressed children's trauma stress in her pediatric practice. There were specific examples of children and parents who were supported and helped. it was a very interesting read, both from a epidemiological perspective and a treatment perspective. One thing I took away from reading this is that a successful trauma approach has six legs: sleep, nutrition, exercise, meditation, mental health and social supports. That approach applies to everyone everywhere and was worth the read. I would highly recommend this book.
Review posted December 4, 2019
I am a paraeducator working with middle school students. This book gave me new insights into how the stress and fear many of my students live with everyday. Dr. Burke Harris writes with touching detail of her story of moving beyond just feeling bad for the most hurting in her community to actually being able to understand the roots of what is happening and moving toward solutions. she includes the science and research in an understandable and instructive way. I was left with hope and compassion for my hurting students. This book is very readable and engaging. I read it in a matter of days.
Review posted December 4, 2019
I really enjoyed having a book explain and simplify the correlation between adverse childhood experiences and their effects later in their adulthood. As an individual who studies family services, I am constantly reading research regarding ACEs and best practices for preventing them, however the scientific research is sometimes hard to understand or difficult to follow, so I enjoyed the way Nadine Burke Harris removed the scientific jargon and included experiences she had encountered to show evidence of the correlation. It was also amazing to see the work she has been able to do just by understanding ACEs and implementing best practices into the work that she does.
Review posted November 25, 2019
Review posted November 20, 2019
Dr. Burke Harris does a great job of painting a picture of how she came to work with Childhood ACES and through story-telling relate their impact on people. I found this book interesting and engaging.
Review posted November 5, 2019
This book is illuminating for anyone who has experienced ACEs or works with communities who have high ACE scores. Dr. Harris marries science and storytelling to paint a complex and compelling picture of the problem and how we may resolve it as a community.
Review posted November 3, 2019
The Deepest Well on audio cd was a captivating listening adventure. I was compelled by the personal stories and data to back up the impact of adverse childhood experiences on health and well-being. I highly recommend it for any professional who interacts with young people.
Review posted October 26, 2019
This was a captivating and insightful read. This provides a scientific background of the affects of childhood adversary. Very helpful in understanding the impact of childhood adversary but lacking in practical application knowledge.
Review posted October 21, 2019
My son has had many experiences in his life that i always worried would lead to him being upset or stressing about things he shouldn't. I want him to enjoy being a child and not have to worry about things he shouldn't. I am always looking for good resources that I can reference to help ensure that he is a healthy and resilient little man. This book was a great read and I will be taking some helpful things from it.
Review posted October 18, 2019
The deepest well gave some great insight on childhood trauma and how to heal from its effects.
Review posted October 17, 2019
The impact of ACEs is has been explained many times but the more stories we hear, like the stories in "The Deepest Well" the better our awareness. The tools offered in this book will help the road to healing not only for the children we serve but also ourselves. Included in the book is an ACE test which can be a real eye opener.
Review posted October 14, 2019
Review posted October 9, 2019
This book provided a very clear overview of the effects of ACEs and Toxic Stress and made a compelling case that this is one of the biggest public healthb issues today. Dr. Burke Harris strongly advocates for medical providers to do aces screening and gives concrete suggestions for other potential interventions. We highly recommend this book.
Review posted September 30, 2019
This book is eye opening. Not only did it answer questions for me but I now have more useful information to help children in danger of Ace's. I look forward to to learning more about the subject and how to do my part in helping. This is very real. I hope everyone reads this book
Review posted September 19, 2019
Once again, another great book from the Ford Family Foundation. A must read for those working not only with children but also adults who experiences ACEs.
Review posted September 8, 2019
Dealing with teenagers and youngsters who are ‘difficult” and likely to be expelled from school situations? Are you struggling with some childhood trauma that you were subjected to? have you considered if they or you are reacting to trauma? This book raises some excellent questions and I will use it as I'm involved in an “ACES” program. In this age of school shootings, usually by loners who end up being expelled, this book should be a starting place for every teacher and many parents, and therapists. IAfter reading it, look up some of the podcasts that have been done by folks who used the ideas in this book successfully. I highly recommend this book, then read "Raised as a Dog" by Dr. Bruce Perry!
Review posted September 6, 2019
This book provides a highly informative and profound look into how adverse childhood experiences negatively impact health outcomes over a lifetime, and what treatments most effectively help heal the emotional and physical illnesses that arise from childhood adversity.
Review posted August 28, 2019
A very easy read. I couldn't put the book down once I started! It was very interesting to read about the relationship between ACE scores and the long term effects that come along with it.
Review posted August 20, 2019
Interesting, and very good read.
Review posted August 13, 2019
This was a great book.easy yo read and fast. Very engaging. Would love to have my staff read and do a book club! Thank you
Review posted August 12, 2019
Amazing and insightful. Helpful content that brings it all together into one ray of shining hope.
Review posted August 8, 2019
A huge eye opener how trauma can affect children.
Review posted July 16, 2019
Very interesting topic! Eye opening about the hazards of toxic stress on your health.
Review posted July 14, 2019
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a physician, activist, visionary... and a gifted writer. The Deepest Well offers an engaging and very readable state of the science on toxic stress and the downstream health effects. Complex neurobiological concepts are brought to life in stories and case studies that move and inform the reader. Each chapter engages but chapter 13 may be my favorite because"Dr-Super Girl" takes off her cape and shares her own story. We are all imperfect beings in need of understanding, support, and grace.
Review posted July 12, 2019
An important read. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down!
Review posted July 11, 2019
This was a good book about how Dr. Nadine Burke Harris began a practice and sought out how to help children with high ACE scores.
Review posted July 9, 2019
The book narrates increasing awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long-term effects on physical and mental health, even into adulthood. The book was a comfortable read, and much of what the author describes correlates to theories in other fields (ie, anthropology). Yet I was nagged by a difficulty in placing the importance and relevance of all this given, on one hand, how various cutting-edge theories, related just as breathlessly, always seem to come and go over time, and on the other hand, how various parts of the supporting evidence supplied by the author seemed incomplete. For example, the author refers to quirks of human evolutionary history as the reason humans do so poorly with childhood adversity... yet presumably humans during childhood have always faced adversity for all of human history, indeed, there is evidence that conditions for various humans groups has been extremely adverse at different historical and pre-historical periods. I would have liked this seeming contradiction to be better explained. Etc.
Review posted July 8, 2019
A terrific, thought provoking read to help better understand the complex impacts of adverse childhood experiences. This book is written to be accessible yet highly informative, recommended for anyone wanting to learn more.
Review posted July 7, 2019
The Deepest Well provided a nice overview of a aces from the medical perspective with connections to how a lack of resources exacerbates the effects over the life course. There was some discussion of how to address high ace scores. I would have liked a little more of that. Still, an interesting read.
Review posted July 4, 2019
GReat book, definitely worth the read!
Review posted June 25, 2019
Terrific book for furthering your understanding about the impact of trauma on children and their development.
Review posted June 24, 2019
I had seen Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris's TED talk a few years back but reading through her book gave extra boost and hope when it comes to creating healthier communities for all. It sparked great conversations with family members as well, can't recommend this book enough!!
Review posted June 20, 2019
This book has changed my life. Changing the pronoun in a sentence at the bottom of page 221 at the end of the book, "(I) have more now; (I) know more." She continues in that paragraph, "I believe that we can rewrite the story of adversity and break the inter-generational cycle of toxic stress." The following questions the author asks in the introduction are of interest to possibly every person living on this planet, "How does exposure to stress in childhood crop up as a health problem in middle age or even retirement? Are there effective treatments? What can we do to protect our health and our children's health?" This book answers each of those questions in a very easy to read and appealing style. Dr. Harris illustrates through many examples that there is "an actual biological link between childhood adversity and damaged health..." One example fostered a conclusion that, "an incident of abuse had acted as a catalyst that (presumably) set off a biochemical chain reaction resulting in growth arrest." I liked the example she used of a tadpole in a pond that was drying up. The tadpoles got a dose of the stress hormone. For those that were close to becoming a frog, the hormone sped up the process and they morphed into adults quickly. For the ones who were not as far along, the hormone inhibited their growth as well as decreased immune function, diminished lung function, and impaired their neurological development. This was one example that recognizing the timing and duration of the stress hormone was important. When Dr. Harris begins to make this connection, she begins to gather other professionals to her clinic like a therapist. She also was reaching out to other professionals in various fields of work. This empowered her with people to discuss ideas with , but it also brought their years of experience and studies into her own thought processes. She learned that a dysregulated stress-response system was at the core of the problem. This happens when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity. "This kind of prolonged activation of the stress-response systems can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems, and increase the risk for stress-related disease and cognitive impairment, well into the adult years." "We also know that dysregulation of the stress response can lead to increased inflammation, hyersensitivity, and even autoimmune disease ." There was a study the author cited which was done by Dr. Michael Meaney at McGill University. It was with rat mothers and rat pups. "Researchers observed that the development of the pups' response to stress was directly affected by whether the mom was a "high licker" or a "low licker". They found pups of high licker moms had lower levels of stress hormones...". They also found that "the licking and grooming behavior that occurred in the pups' first ten days of life predicted changes to their stress response that lasted for the entire lifetime." Meaney's work showed me not only how moms can negatively affect their pups by not licking them enough but also how they can help them by licking them more." "... the key to keeping a tolerable stress response from tipping over into the toxic stress zone is the presence of a buffering adult to adequately mitigate the impact of the stressor." Telemeres are sequences on the ends of chromosomes that protect DNA strands. They make sure that every time it is replicated by cells, the copy is true to the original. They are very sensitive to the environment ... they take the first hit. "The response a cell can have to damaged and shortened telomeres other than senescence is that it can become precancerous or cancerous." It has been found that increasing the enzyme telomerase through meditation and exercise can actually lengthen the telomeres. Parents can discover tools to support and buffer their children, even in moments of crisis. One tool is adequate sleep. Forming caring relationships is also another important ingredient for health. "When they changed their children's diet and their levels of exercise went up, the kids slept better and felt healthier." "Moving our bodies builds our brains as well as our muscles." "We explained that exercising and eating healthfully not only contributed to weight loss but also helped boost the immune system and improve brain function..." Strategies for specifically targeting and healing the dysregulated stress response: sleep, mental health, healthy relationships, exercise, and nutrition. Over and over again the research pointed to one treatment in particular for lowering cortisol levels ... meditation. "We saw in our patients that these six things were critical for healing." "Fundamentally, they all targeted the underlying biological mechanist - a dysregulated stress-response system and the neurologic, endocrine, and immune disruptions that ensued." Dr. Harris continued to study the research of others and glean from their experience. She discusses the various people who were instrumental in her establishing the Center for Youth Wellness. A very, very interesting concept that is applicable to me personally was when I read about the statistics of cancer in children from 1958 the survival rate for childhood cancers was 10%. By 2008, the survival rate had been raised to almost 80%. She states this vast improvement was not one or two labs doing cutting-edge research. It wasn't the development of a single pill that made the difference. "It was the spirit and practice of collaboration across the United States and, indeed, the world." She stated that researchers came together in "cooperative groups." This really makes sense to me. She set this example as this book illustrates. She made progress in her study of ACEs and how they affect us as children but also as adults, by showing how she reached out to other providers near and far to gain knowledge for the basis of her curious inclinations. Finally, her conclusions at the end of the book are hopeful. "I know that the long-term impacts of childhood adversity are not all suffering. " ... I don't think people who grew up with ACEs have to 'overcome" their childhoods. I don't think forgetting about adversity or blaming it is useful." She continues, "Once you understand how your body and brain are primed to react in certain situations, you can start to be proactive about how you approach things. You can identify triggers and know how to support yourself and those you love." She said her greatest hope in writing the book is to inspire action ---big and small. Thank you for this great book! I am inspired to ACTION!
Review posted June 17, 2019
As an educator of young children, I would recommend this book to anyone that works with children of any age, especially children who have experienced trauma. This was an excellent book that focuses on the negative effects of childhood adversity. The book is written by a physician that begins to notice significant patters in her medical practice with children who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. In most cases she is unable to find a physical reason as to why her young patients are not thriving physically, and have a variety of illnesses that can not be explained. For example, one patient was badly abused at a young age and stopped growing. The author notes that all children will most likely experience some form of trauma. However, when the trauma is significant and or chronic, it's effects can manifest in physical, emotional and intellectual ways. In order to illustrate her point , she uses the example of a bear in the woods. She said that if someone sees a grizzly bear in the woods they will feel stress and they will flight, freeze or fight. Eventually the stress or bear will hopefully go away. The person seeing the bear will have experienced distress, but what if a "bear" (trauma) goes home with the child and lives with them and results in chronic trauma. The book is well written and easy to read even though medical terminology is used throughout the book. It is the kind of book that you could refer back to again and again as needed.
Review posted June 12, 2019
It truly amazed me how often I found myself scribbling notes on the pages and highlighting passages I did not want to forget. The Deepest Well dug deep into my own struggles and demons about how I react to stress and anxiety and how ultimately that can traumatize individuals both physically and emotionally. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with digging deeper into how anxiety can and does affect individuals especially children. I believe that when a child is misdiagnosed or treated unfairly it is because we are under qualified or too scared to dig deeper to find the root of the problem. Often we prescribe children with medication that they don't need but we turn to because we don't find the time or make the time to truly help them. I felt many emotions while reading this text, I hope you feel the need to do something to help children in need once you are done reading this book.
Review posted June 5, 2019
Compelling and very helpful in understanding the genesis of ACE awareness and study. The author's intimate experience in making the connections between childhood trauma and ongoing physiological health takes the reader on a journey to understanding the power of intervention and resilience-building.
Review posted June 3, 2019
Very thought provoking. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you.
Review posted May 30, 2019
This book is truly amazing. I attended a Trauma Informed Care course where this book was discussed and have seen YouTube videos related to this topic and wanted to learn more. This will be a book a refer to often for guidance.
Review posted May 30, 2019
Very well written work that emphasizes the necessity of implementing ACE scores of every child so that early identification can start to make a difference in how to best support children emotionally, physically. Very hopeful research to improve outcomes of the effects of trauma.
Review posted May 29, 2019
Great read and so interesting to see the connection
Review posted May 25, 2019
Great book for teachers and people working with young kids
Review posted May 23, 2019
This is a fascinating read. I had no idea how much our bodies can be impacted by childhood traumas. This book should be read by anyone who works with child or adults that faced adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, parental addiction, mental illness or divorce.
Review posted May 20, 2019
An important book about childhood adversity and trauma. It delineates, in a readable and accessible voice, how the ACES scores came about. The author is a pediatrician, as am I, and was able to make the story applicable to me in my job. I wish use of the ACE scores were used more universally. And I wish there was more discussion (maybe it's because more work must be done in this area) regarding how to treat/mitigate the effects of trauma in kids/adults with high scores.
Review posted May 14, 2019
Highly recommend! It is Interesting with great insight of how the brain works and effects of trauma on the brain.
Review posted May 13, 2019
I chose this book because of my work in bullying prevention. The experience of being seriously or persistently bullied is the experience of trauma/toxic stress. However, the relationship is far deeper. Frequently, students who have experienced trauma are the targets of bullying by other students and also by school staff members. Unfortunately, a common behavior management approach used in Oregon schools is premised on the mistaken belief that students are misbehaving to obtain attention and that by giving rewards to students who have not experienced trauma, this will motivate the students who have experienced trauma to behave. All this does is shame and exclude those students who have experienced trauma. Other students then model this shaming and exclusion. The other challenge is that students who have experienced trauma may be hurtful to others either to seek to achieve some level of personal power or they have triggered because someone was hurtful to them. They are then most likely to be the ones suspended -- shamed and excluded. I asked to receive The Deepest Well as this is a book on trauma being provided by a foundation that is wisely seeking to increase trauma informed practices in Oregon. There were some aspects of this book that were good. It was well written and engaging. The manner in which Harris extended the ACE questionnaire to include other traumatic events, including bullying, is excellent. However, overall I found the book to be lacking. The explanation of the neurological aspects of the experience of trauma was light and there was far too little focus on strategies to assist both young people and adults in achieving greater resilience in the face of experiencing such trauma. While the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard was mentioned, much of their excellent guidance on strategies to assist young people in achieving greater resilience was not detailed. There was no mention of the excellent research insight that falls into a "bucket" called "positive psychology." Nor was there mention of Collaborative Problem Solving, Self Determination Theory, Restorative Practices -- all of which I consider critically important insight towards the objective of enhancing resilience. The primary focus of the book was the focus on the author's quest to have pediatricians screen for ACEs. The excellent TFFF ACE report by David Mandell, published in 2014, provided greater insight into reasons why such screening is not more fully adopted. The three recommendations in this TFFF report are excellent: 1. It is essential to ask about both sources of concern and sources of resilience. 2. It is not appropriate to be asking about this if the organization is not also well prepared to provide the services and resources necessary to address the concerns. 3. The person asking must be well trained, because asking will likely trigger a traumatic response. I would add a fourth consideration: Screening may not even be necessary. Basically, if young people have the capacity to do well, they generally will. The fact that a young person is demonstrating evidence of experiencing trauma -- hyper vigilance, inability to focus and self-regulation, triggering, challenges in learning and behavior -- then it should be immediately recognized that this young person has experienced or is experiencing trauma/toxic stress. Why should it matter whether this child scores at 4 or 7 on an ACE scale? Is it truly necessary to specifically identify which of the kinds of adversity the young person has or is experiencing to make a decision that this young person and family need a greater level of support? And I would add a fifth: The remedies to the experiences of childhood trauma/toxic stress are for us, as a society, to address the factors that are placing families at greater risk and to implement strategies to assist both young people and their families to gain greater resilience. We do not need to know specifically which families or young people are at greater risk to do this. The approach taken by Harris appeared to be grounded in the idea that screening is necessary to ensure that professionals can step in to help. My perspective is that schools need to ensure that all young people understand these issues and gain effective insight into strategies to achieve resilience so that all young people can recognize when they or a friend or someone they really do not know is having a negative reaction or is acting badly due to the experience of adversity--and how to step in to help. Witnesses who become helpful allies will be able to accomplish much more good than a merely a focus on increasing interventions by professionals. It is my hope that Oregon school will take greater strides in the implementation of trauma informed practices that focus primarily on the efforts necessary to increase staff and student understanding of how trauma/toxic stress impacts the brain and actions and to increase the resilience of all.
Review posted May 10, 2019
The Deepest Well is a powerful and important book, and a fascinating read. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris describes how childhood trauma affects people not only when they are young, but also affects their health years later. This book is very interesting and should be read by policymakers and citizens alike. Learning how widespread trauma is, the terrible impact it can have on the body, and the destructive effect on people’s health and behavior years later makes one understand the need for programs that seek to reduce stress and trauma in families. It becomes clear that investing in making the lives of children and families better now will not only help them live healthier lives but will benefit society as well, reducing negative behaviors and physical illness that will otherwise result.
Review posted May 7, 2019
This book was bittersweet - easy to read due to the personal stories yet difficult to learn about the long-term effects of childhood adversity. They say a good writer is one who causes you to act through their writing - that is what Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. has done - I have recommended this book to a counselor and a first-grade teacher. This book gave me a greater understanding and empathy towards others. Dr. Burke Harris' recommendations to her patients - "sleep, exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, mental health, and healthy relationships" are key not only for children but just as important for adults I also share with others. Beautifully written, authentic, and true.
Review posted April 23, 2019
An important book in understanding the beginnings of trauma-informed practices.
Review posted April 23, 2019
The deepest well was a thought provoking hopeful book about childhood trauma and healing. It gave me a new way to think about children "acting out". As a former teacher and now a CASA I expect to use my new information often!!
Review posted April 22, 2019
First hand knowledge of childhood ACEs, the author shares her patient's stories and digs deeper into how adversity and trauma affect our bodies (and minds). Looking in to long-term effects of our own exposures as a child and how this creates havoc on us all. An ACE questionnaire is also provided in the book, helps you look at your childhood experiences.
Review posted April 22, 2019
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effect of Childhood Adversity provides you with a great narrative around research and application of ACE's by MD Burke Harris. A greater understanding of ACE's provides you with insight into trauma youth face and not only the mental health impacts, but physical ones. She does an amazing job connecting the two. A great read for an introduction on ACE's. Have recommended this book to many!
Review posted April 18, 2019
This book provides a great description of the impact of trauma on the bodies and brains of kids and makes a compelling case for ACEs screening in pediatric practices. I have the book and the audiobook, and if you have to choose and don't need to refer back later, I'd suggest the audiobook because it's read by the author so you get a taste of her personality. I almost marked it 4 stars instead of 5 because I wanted more details about the interventions they do after the screening, but perhaps that's a separate book.
Review posted April 10, 2019
This is an interesting & informative book on the current results of the ACE's study. The author uses real experience and example to support her positive solutions to reverse the effects of early childhood trauma. An excellent read!
Review posted April 8, 2019
This book does an amazing job pulling you in and keeping you attention. The authors passion for the topic is evidenced within the writing. Great book, I highly recommend!
Review posted April 7, 2019
I found this book very interesting. I work with children in the foster care system of which many are labeled with ADHD. I now have a addition lens to few these children through.
Review posted April 5, 2019
Awesome book! Reviwed what I have already learned, yet I gained lots of new knowlegde
Review posted April 4, 2019
This was a very powerful book . I was shocked to find out that childhood adversity could impact adult health. The author is insightful and uses a sense of humor to relay this very important information. As a staff member of a Head Start program, I will use this information to help educate parents as to the improtance of early childhood.
Review posted March 31, 2019
I'm an engineer by training and have no formal education in medicine, public health, mental health, and/or childhood development. This was my first foray into Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs), traumatic stress and the biological and mental health implications of these. Dr. Burke Harris balances the scientific background (i.e. what's going on in the brain/body) as well as the social-emotional aspects and acknowledging the human element in telling her story. I've learned a lot from this book and expect I'll be referencing it frequently as I continue my studies.
Review posted March 31, 2019
This book is enjoyable to read. I admire the work the author has done and continues to do. It made the subject of ACES easy to understand. I was hoping for more concrete ideas of things to do in my classroom, this book did not provide those.
Review posted March 29, 2019
This is an important work to include in our toolbox for helping our students.
Review posted March 28, 2019
I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and can already see how what I’ve learned from this will make me more effective as an advocate for the foster kids with whom I work. This book has also helped more broadly to help me be more empathetic towards others who have experienced adversity in their lives. I highly recommend this book to everyone, not just those who work with children.
Review posted March 28, 2019
This was a very enlightening book. I’m convinced more than ever (been my battle cry for years) that WE (teachers, therapists, doctors) MUST work as a team. I’m not sure how to make this happen when medical and mental health professionals don’t seem to want to work with is. Pressing kn’
Review posted March 26, 2019
This book is a game-changer. A must read for anyone who grew up "resilient". Know your score- it could save your life!
Review posted March 24, 2019
Captivating, brilliant and as medically down to earth as can be. This book spoke to my soul. Every Social Worker in training should read. It’s a little heavy on medical concepts, but sees its way through the process with full circle effects. Stunning book. I’m ordering a copy for each of my partners.
Review posted March 20, 2019
Worth the read. Very eye opening and a great, well researched, perspective.
Review posted March 11, 2019
This book is easy to get into and read. It is a good way to look into and help understand the things children in theses situations go through. Good research throughout.
Review posted March 6, 2019
This is wonderful reference guide for understanding childhood adversities and effects on the psyche. I recommend to anyone dealing with troubled youth on a regular basis.
Review posted March 3, 2019
This was a really interesting read, written in a way that is accessible and interesting to medical professional and lay person alike. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.
Review posted February 24, 2019
As a school nurse I work with MANY children and their families. This book was very helpful in giving me insight into why so many of our students and their families are broken...and hope for helping them. We have a long way to go but I believe we can make a difference in the lives of the families we serve as show compassion and help them find resources to improve their lives.
Review posted February 18, 2019
Just what I was looking for. A heartfelt journey that looks inside the reason that answers so many whys. I watched Nadine Burke Harris's Ted Talk but this book is so much more.
Review posted February 11, 2019
Perfect companion book to Dr. Perry’s “The Boy who was Raised as a Dog.” Dr. Nadine Burke Harris writes conversationally, scientifically and emotionally as she lets us in on the journey that has revolutionized the way doctors should approach patients health. Like Dr. Perry, Dr, Burke Harris has been on the forefront of ACEs and the ground-breaking revelation that one’s emotional past and exposure to trauma can have a direct effect on one’s future health and life choices. Another must-read for those of us working daily with children of all ages.
Review posted February 11, 2019
I work in social services and specifically working in the Trauma Informed arena. This book was well written and helped me to gain a better understanding of how important it is to educate others.
Review posted February 8, 2019
Really informative and helpful in multiple areas of my life, personal and professional.
Review posted February 6, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Learning the background that she went through while connecting the dots, was a wonderful story and insight into the imprinting that childhood adversity can have on our lives.
Review posted January 27, 2019
This book is full of great information. I was unaware how A.C.E.S. has such a strong affect on ones health. If you work with children, this is a must read.
Review posted January 21, 2019
The Deepest Well outlines extensive research and perspective on the long term consequences of childhood trauma and abuse. Ideas and solutions were provided with new tools for individuals, families, and communities to help heal.
Review posted January 16, 2019
Happy to have the audio version. Great read for those in the social service field.
Review posted January 13, 2019
I really enjoyed this book. I can see the effects of childhood trauma in my family and how it has affected their physical and mental health. It has made me more aware of those around me. Thank you so very much.
Review posted January 7, 2019
This book is eye opening at the least. If you are considering ordering it, I suggest you do so quickly. As parents it is a must-read.
Review posted January 2, 2019
This book provides a masterfully done overview of how adversity and trauma impact children. The first page pulled me in with a gripping story and my attention was held throughout the book as she described how she came to realize the impact that trauma was having on the families she was treating. Very highly recommended, this book could be a must read for everyone.
Review posted December 31, 2018
Great resource for welfare career field type.
Review posted December 31, 2018
Review posted December 27, 2018
The author of this book details her research and knowledge showing just how deeply our bodies can be imprinted by ACEs—adverse childhood experiences like abuse, neglect, parental addiction, mental illness, and divorce. Childhood adversity changes our biological systems, and lasts a lifetime. This is a book well written and interesting for anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of others who have and will have -- the scientific insight and innovative, acclaimed health interventions in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for limiting or preventing lifelong illness and trauma. The book offers a new set of tools, based in science, that can help heal ourselves and children. If I could I would rate it 4.5
Review posted December 23, 2018
The book, The Deepest Well, by Nadine Burke Harris, MD is a masterpiece. Her medical training combined with keen insight and intuition have lead her on an amazing journey through her career. Very relevant to our troubling times, Dr. Harris offers troubled youth a, as well as adults, a path of hope and concrete direction of action. Her methodologies are backed by sound science and experience. A MUST read! Explains the biological affects of stress on the body, with a special focus of toddlerhood.
Review posted December 16, 2018
Dr. Burke Harris does a great job of summarizing current research into small paragraphs when relevant making it accessible to a broad audience. This book takes the reader through the author's process of learning about the ways stress impacts all communities. It is relevant to health professionals, mental health, teachers, mentors, and anyone dealing with stress. While I would recommend this book, the author spends a great deal of time name dropping others in her field, some of which are financial contributors to her work. I would like to hear more specifics of the beginning finds or examples to best prioritize addressing Adverse Childhood Adversity.
Review posted December 13, 2018
Review posted December 11, 2018
The author of this book is so knowledgeable about childhood adversity. The book is written to be very readable, even if you do not have a lot of background on the topic.
Review posted December 11, 2018
This is a wonderful exploration of what should be happening for those with high ACEs, both individually and within our institutions. The author/doctor writes with great passion and clarity about discovering key elements of support, starting in the right place: do no harm.
Review posted December 5, 2018
This was never a subject I would have considered prior to seeing it on the site. It was an amazing perspective and very well written. I would highly recommend this read for anyone working in any type of social service setting or with children.
Review posted December 5, 2018
The Deepest Well was an excellent read, with the perfect mix of science & humanity. I finally understand what all the hype about self care is about & how trauma effects development & our reactions.
Review posted December 3, 2018
I enjoyed this book very much. It is extremely informative, maybe too much at times, It does deliver some useful information. You can tell the author likes to hear her self talk, and she feels a t bit long winded at times, but the science and research carried out in spot on.
Review posted November 30, 2018
Excellent book. After watching the ACES video, this book answers some of the questions i had regarding the genesis of the ACES movement in a way that offered depth and logic. Whether in the field of Corrections or Education, this book is a must to establish a very sound framework for working with people.
Review posted November 29, 2018
This was a very insightful book. I appreciated the author's focus and her real-life experiences that lent authenticity. I have recommended this book to every educator I know. This book address the kids we work with every day and every teacher needs to read it.
Review posted November 29, 2018
This is a great book to have in your resource library if you are looking for encouragement as well as some ideas of integrating services under one location. It is engaging and encouraging while recognizing the challenges being faced with working to address trauma.
Review posted November 4, 2018
A bit heavy of a read but well worth it. Much heartfelt and realistic information
Review posted October 31, 2018
I am so very grateful for having the opportunity to read "The Deepest Well" as I have a personal background which includes childhood neglect and abuse, and as well work with adults with similar issues. This book was both informational and inspirational, giving me new insights into the impact of unsound parenting and childhood issues. It will be a valuable reference book on my shelf for years to come, and has helped me greatly in coming to terms with my own pain from the past. I am so very inspired by Dr. Harris, who is doing a tremendous service for children now and in the future. I have talked to many people about this issue, encouraging them to read this very relevant and valuable book. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention and my library.
Review posted October 29, 2018
Interesting account of adverse childhood experiences and the long term impact. Well worth the read.
Review posted October 24, 2018
This is a great book I’m a preschool teacher and I see little kids struggling every day due to childhood adversity and after reading the book I feel that I have more knowledge about what goes on in our bodies and I can help my students and their families better. Thank you!
Review posted October 16, 2018
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris provides a emotional and personal connection to the pervasive problem of ACEs in society. I appreciated her view that people who grew up with ACEs don't have to "overcome" their childhoods, just understand the impact it has on their health. Very informative and impactful book, a must read!
Review posted October 16, 2018
Fantastic read that is relevant to anyone working with children or families. I am a School Psychologist and I felt this book was incredibly relevant to my work and the work of my colleagues. It is well-written, clear, and very accessible. It offers clear guidance on what ACEs are, how to screen for ACEs, and steps to take to help people with ACEs (basically, anyone) to overcome their difficulties. I have recommended and lent this book to coworkers and others. I can't praise it highly enough.
Review posted October 16, 2018
Great book. Deep content that is well written.
Review posted October 15, 2018
The Deepest Well offers first hand insight into Childhood Trauma from a medical and public health stand point. It offers not only personal insight that everybody can benefit from, but a challenge to the medical and community at large: how do we think about trauma and what are we going to do about it?. I recommend this book in conjunction with Body Keeps the Score, which looks at over all trauma on the body and brain.
Review posted October 13, 2018
Powerful. Heartbreaking. But also hopeful. There are things built into our brains and DNA that can help us get past trauma. If you think people "make bad choices" that lead to their poverty or other bad outcomes, read this book. Many bad choices are made for us by our trauma
Review posted October 10, 2018
I learned a lot about childhood adversity and how to deal with it in clear and straightforwarde reading.
Review posted October 1, 2018
Amazing insight for working with children
Review posted September 27, 2018
Great book Good information and well put together
Review posted September 25, 2018
Very well written book! Really can relate to my life and seeing how things that happen in childhood can translate into future health issues. Really rises questions about how screening in childhood could directly effect the health outcomes of the growing child and later on adult. Hoping that the groundwork that has been done so far can move forward the help clinicians with screening and integrate it into standard practice. This was an eye opening book that shows the impact that can be had on our population if the right questions are asked and the correct care is given to a growing child.
Review posted September 25, 2018
This is a great read! I had seen Dr. Burke Harris' TED Talk several years ago. This book is a wonderful continuation that includes the backstory of her work around ACES and treatment. The book is well-written and easy to relate to. I highly recommend it for a new perspective on students struggling and how we can help to make them healthy for life.
Review posted September 24, 2018
I greatly appreciate your lending library! Thank you so much for this intriguing and inspiring book by Dr. Burke M.D. The author brings forth both awareness and hope for families and communities, and those listening. This insight has given me tools that will assist others in a healthier and healed future. Dr. Burke M.D. did an excellent job of describing the importance of bringing forth both the awareness of and providing the tools to mitigate the impacts of ACE outcomes in all populations. I enjoyed this audio version as it really captures her heart, intense compassion, and engaged me to stay attuned. I felt a deep sense of connection to her work and the individuals represented as it pertained to my work and my own self and family. I will utilize the 6 elements (S.H.E.N.M.M) of healing as we continue to screen and support children, families, staff, myself and our community.
Review posted September 23, 2018
Great book to better understanding of ACEs. I wish every adult could read to understand why it's crucial to invest in our children.
Review posted September 22, 2018
I had been introduced to the ideas behind the ACE Study and wanted to learn more. This book provided a lot of details about the concepts and the medical connection to toxic stress and childhood experiences. It also suggests ways to counter the damage. It would be a good book for anyone in the medical or helping professions as well as for people who have children in their lives.
Review posted September 22, 2018
If you need evidence to help make the case for paying attention to ACES and how to overcome adversity this is it. Even better - its readable and engaging!
Review posted September 19, 2018
Great overview of ACEs and how Nadine started a movement in Bayview
Review posted September 19, 2018
I loved this book...a fantastic read.
Review posted September 14, 2018
this was a very enlightening book. best if you don't have alot of unresolved trauma
Review posted September 12, 2018
This was a very engaging read, filled with easy-to-digest information about the medical consequences of childhood trauma combined with descriptive stories and examples of kids and families who are dealing with the consequences, all of which helped bring the importance of this topic to light. I enjoyed reading about Dr. Harris' personal journey in discovering the link between a person's Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) score and their health, as well as hearing how this topic is starting to come to the forefront in public health initiatives. She also clearly demonstrated how this issue is important in all racial and socioeconomic spheres. As someone who works at an organization that serves often disadvantaged youth, I am thankful I can now better understand these links and also be reminded of how my friends, colleagues', and my own past experiences can affect our current and future health and well-being.
Review posted September 10, 2018
I hadn't known what the ACE's test was. This book was very enjoyable to read, with real life stories. I highly recommend!
Review posted September 7, 2018
I chose the audio version which was recorded by the author. Hearing her voice, her own life experiences, research and interventions made the content more profound. This information would benefit every person who has any connection to children, and ultimately help our children. Please share.
Review posted September 6, 2018
The Deepest Well continually supported the change I have seen in 42 years of education by openly explaining what we as educators, see on a daily basis now in our classrooms. The research validates Dr. Harris’s experiences with her healing children in San Francisco. She explained the issues clearly and concisely so any layperson could understand the challenges our children face with trauma, short or long lived. Twice through listening to the audio and I’m learning and hearing new information. The Deepest Well offers all people an opportunity to understanding the societal changes we struggle to understand.
Review posted August 29, 2018
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. First off, I am a graduate student who researches early childhood development, specifically children's classroom behavior when they have a parent that is incarcerated. Obviously, that means that each child I am studying has an ACE score and could be struggling with a variety of other risk factors. This book was not only an excellent read but it helped me further my own questions about what I could be doing to help my population. I would recommend this book to anyone who studies children, trauma, risky behavior, or any combination of these things. Learning from Nadine's journey of discovery can help us all move forward in our understanding of children with traumatic pasts.
Review posted August 24, 2018
The narrative is wrapped around truly significant content; ACE studies are now at the forefront of medical practice as they should be. However, I felt like the author made too many attempts at comedic pandering which made for a confusing tone. This is still worth reading in spite of that, especially for those unfamiliar with ACEs.
Review posted August 23, 2018
I highly recommend this book, especially to those who work in the Human Services/Social Services/Sociology/Psychology related fields.
Review posted August 23, 2018
The author gives a much deeper insight into the mind-body connection and how our early childhood experiences affect our biology and even our DNA. Our adverse childhood experiences impact our behavior, our ability to learn and our health, with some of the effects showing up much later in life. Studies show that a huge percentage of all the people on Earth have faced at least one toxic stress issue (Adverse Childhood Experience or ACE) and more than 10% have four or more of the possible ten stressors currently defined (Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse, Physical neglect, Emotional neglect, Intimate partner violence.
Review posted August 22, 2018
I loved the practical use of the ACE study described in the book. My mind has been turning with ideas of how to integrate the information into my work. Great book!
Review posted August 20, 2018
The book gave great insight on ACEs
Review posted August 17, 2018
Engaging, compelling, I found in this book not only a great read, but answers to the questions I've had about my own childhood adversity and its effects on my adult life, as well as answers to how to heal the children in our society growing up with so many strikes against them. A very hopeful and well written book!
Review posted August 14, 2018
This was a very engaging read covering heavy subject material. It is amazing what resiliency that humans have, but we need to care for the children who have suffered trauma as well as the adults who suffered trauma as children.
Review posted August 13, 2018
Having worked in student support services, having tools and knowledge to effectively support and mentor those students who have adverse childhood experiences or trauma is a critical skill. Students all have their own background and experiences, as mentors and role models, we need to be empathetic and supportive to ensure the student's personal success, whatever that may look like.
Review posted August 10, 2018
This was an excellent read, and very helpful for understanding how ACEs can impact the health and wellbeing of children throughout their lives. I hope the growing awareness around ACEs can lead to standardized screening for all children and the development of trauma informed care to address their mental and physical needs.
Review posted August 3, 2018
This doctor is amazing. I watched her TED talk on Neuroplasticity, it was amazing! She is so easy to listen to so I am grateful to have access to her book on ACE and look forward to reading her persective and of her experiences.
Review posted August 1, 2018
Very informative book about Dr. Nadine Burke Harris' journey discovering studies on childhood adversity and it's effects on lifelong health.
Review posted July 28, 2018
This book was eye-opening to me even though I didn't personally suffer any adversity in my childhood. I wonder why the concepts aren't more widely used in the medical profession. I shall be talking about it to my own doctor next time I am in her office. Obviously, adversity isn't necessarily a bad thing because it can shape us into stronger human beings, but chronic and constant adversity can really mess up a kid who doesn't have a good supportive adult in his or her life.
Review posted July 23, 2018
This book is a must-read for those who work with children and families. The author clearly demonstrates the potential impacts of childhood trauma and presents a strong case for an interdisciplinary approach for working towards the health and well-being of any individual who has experienced chronic stress. She does an excellent job of demonstrating that ACEs are a universal problem but that there is hope and opportunity for healing. Thank you for the opportunity to have this book!
Review posted July 11, 2018
Wow. This book provided me with so much insight. Thank you for providing this book
Review posted July 9, 2018
If you work with any children having experienced childhood trauma this is a must read.
Review posted July 9, 2018
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.
Review posted July 4, 2018
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.
Review posted July 2, 2018
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.
Review posted July 2, 2018
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.
Review posted July 1, 2018
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.
Review posted June 20, 2018
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!
Review posted June 19, 2018
"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.
Review posted June 19, 2018
FANTASTC! I wish more people would take the time to read this.
Review posted June 18, 2018
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.
Review posted June 15, 2018
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.
Review posted June 12, 2018
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!
Review posted June 6, 2018
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!
Review posted June 4, 2018
This book was very helpful. Great insite.
Review posted June 2, 2018
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.
Review posted June 1, 2018
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!
Review posted May 31, 2018
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.
Review posted May 31, 2018
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.
Review posted May 30, 2018
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!
Review posted May 28, 2018
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!
Review posted May 26, 2018
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.
Review posted May 25, 2018
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.
Review posted May 24, 2018
A must read. A true glimpse into how we can make lasting changes for the generations to come, by treating the whole child.
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.