The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

by Nadine Burke Harris


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Adverse childhood experiences—like abuse, neglect, parental addiction, mental illness, and divorce—can have lasting effects on human health. But the stunning news of Nadine Burke Harris’s research is how, and how deeply, our bodies can be changed, imprinted for life by these ACEs. From stress responses to growth rates to diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and more, we are all a product of our childhood environments.

Through powerful storytelling and fascinating scientific insight, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328502667
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 15,008
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

NADINE BURKE HARRIS, M.D., is founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point. She is the subject of a New Yorker profile and was the recent recipient of a prestigious Heinz Award in 2016, among many other honors. Her TED talk, “I Was Thinking Too Small,” previewed the subject of The Deepest Well, her first book. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Authors Note ix

Introduction xi

I Discovery

1 Somethings Just Not Right 3

2 To Go Forward, Go Back 17

3 Forty Pounds 27

II Diagnosis

4 The Drive-By and the Bear 45

5 Dynamic Disruption 57

6 Lick Your Pups! 77

III Prescription

7 The ACE Antidote 97

8 Stop the Massacre! 117

9 Sexiest Man Alive 135

10 Maximum - Strength Bufferin' 155

IV Revolution

11 The Rising Tide 175

12 Listerine 197

13 In the Rearview 213

Epilogue 223

Appendix 1 What's My ACE Score? 227

Appendix 2 CYW Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire 229

Acknowledgments 231

Notes 235

Index 243

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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
People alway talk about the toll of stress on a person but never in this way. I loved this book really open my eyes to toxic stress and how it can effect everything about your health. Love it, great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The science nerd in me loved the process of discovery. The humanitarian in me aches for the children - for all of us who have been children - for the children of this era who had, have or will have ACES. My god my god what is this country doing to our children? Doing to the children wrenched from their parents? Doing to the children who's parents are deported. incarcerated. I have hope for the future based on this book and Dr. Harris' work. But it's going to take more than caring and educated physicians! There MUST be the political will to stem the tide.