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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.

Author: Nadine Burke Harris M.D.
Year of Publishing: 2018
Number of Pages: 251

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  1. Frances (verified owner)

    Dr. Harris reviews, in depth, the research (hers and others’) on ACES and the physical and emotional harms they can cause, as well as the mechanisms in the body that create them. She describes the effects of toxic stress in her own life and in other case studies; and proposes approaches for medical professionals and carers as well as lifestyle changes for those affected to help ameliorate these harms. A difficult subject, handled thoroughly in a manner that may lead towards changes in our children’s and our own quality of life.

  2. moriah (verified owner)

    My therapist recommended this book. So far I’ve cried on page one

  3. remarcr (verified owner)

    I think this book by Dr Harris is very thorough and gives much insight into potential effects of childhood adversity and trauma I’m learning so much.

  4. michlindawright92 (verified owner)

    Really gives you insight on experiences in your own childhood and how it effects you now. Great read

  5. Cassey Moran (verified owner)

    Amazing insight into the effects of ACES. Go watch her ted talk!

  6. Giselle Naranjo-Nelson (verified owner)

    Great book to get insights to why childhood traumas impact our overall health outcomes.

  7. Dezirae Justus (verified owner)

    This was a wonderful read full of lots of good information. I enjoy how it was written, it was an easy read!

  8. MarissaJean (verified owner)

    The deepest well has increased my knowledge of Aces. This book opened my eyes and heart to how much our childhood experiences impact our daily lives and health.

  9. Monica Phillipo (verified owner)

    Great book, Dr. Nadine Harris does an amazing job explaining and going into depth about the ACE’s and the impact that the invents can have on an individual. I would suggest it to anyone new to the social work or therapy field. I was surprised with how easy the book was to follow along and how much it actually sucks you in. It is more of an informative book than a self healing book so the title is a little misleading but still really good!

  10. Monica Phillipo (verified owner)

    This book does a great job explaining the ACE’s and the impact that the situations can have on an individual. I would suggest this book to anyone starting out in the social work / counseling field.

  11. Sarah Bright (verified owner)

    Love this book. Opened my eyes to a lot of things in my past.

  12. Sage Halvorson (verified owner)

    This was an interesting book to read.

  13. arnoldlk (verified owner)

    If you want to learn more about ACEs, this book is a good place to start!

  14. Firechild94 (verified owner)

    Great book

  15. Kayla De Veux (verified owner)

    Such a good and educational book!

  16. Ravin Lopez (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this book, everyone should learn more about ACES

  17. pauljohnsonbend (verified owner)

    A must have resource for clinicians.

  18. Sarah Bright (verified owner)

    Wonderful read

  19. Nicole Kieffer (verified owner)

    This book does an excellent job of explaining how childhood trauma can have lifelong effects on the body and that all people, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status can experience trauma. I highly recommend this book, especially with people in profession that serve the general publick

  20. JC (verified owner)

    Great read.

  21. JC (verified owner)

    Great read. Well written.

  22. khardingMCCDC (verified owner)

    It was an easy and engaging read. Very insightful. I appreciated every word.

  23. Taylor Fullerton (verified owner)

    We need more people like Dr. Nadine Burke Harris in this world, I am so grateful for her hard work and knowledge shared.

  24. msalazar (verified owner)

    Great book!

  25. dawnmgeoppinger (verified owner)

    This book explores the impact of childhood adversity on well-being/wellness. The author specifically explores ACEs and provides strategies for healing and overall resilience. It is a thought provoking book – and highlights the importance of addressing childhood trauma – especially for the long term health outcomes/implications.

  26. JenEnna (verified owner)

    I read this book so quickly! I’m so thankful that Dr. Harris has spent her energy researching this crucial topic. I truly hope that momentum builds around awareness of ACEs in school, medical and family settings. I think this book should be a required read for anyone working with youth.

  27. Katelyn Barry (verified owner)

    This book dives into such important concerns and questions when looking at adverse childhood experiences. Very insightful to as impacting they can be.

  28. Acleith (verified owner)

    A great book for anyone who has suffered childhood trauma.

  29. Elizabeth Otten (verified owner)

    This book is truly amazing. Opened my eyes to so many things I was missing in my healing process.

  30. jessicatull (verified owner)

    The book really open my eyes with how ACEs can be impact our long term life. Highly recommended.

  31. Shonna Edwards (verified owner)

    This was such a poignant book about ACEs and the affects of developmental trauma. A must read for teachers, people around kids, and those in a helping/healing profession

  32. Carol Evans (verified owner)

    Great read and easy to understand on impact of trauma on the body.

  33. Kelsey Taylor (verified owner)

    Wonderful book!

  34. channyd01 (verified owner)

    Amazing read on the effects of ACES. Gained a new perspective and opened my eyes.

  35. kerricoldren (verified owner)

    I actually gave this book to a former foster child I assisted. She said it has helped her begin to understand how her past traumas may translate to some current unhealthy relationship patterns. I am hoping it helps her make some important changes.

  36. Billy Grounds (verified owner)

    The book was very useful for me and my profession. The chapter “something just not right” was very informative.

  37. kjohn1385 (verified owner)

    Phenomenal book. The study of ACE’s is so important to assisting the outcomes for kids and adults.

  38. Celiarn (verified owner)

    Really thought provoking. The research Dr. Harris has done on childhood trauma and adversity and the impact in adulthood has made me reflect on my own upbringing. Before reading this book I knew about ACES through training at a job. After reading this I felt more well informed.

  39. Christina H (verified owner)

    ACES are powerful and I learn something new about it every time I dig deeper into the studies. Highly recommend this book.

  40. Lindsay (verified owner)

    Great book.

  41. JulieAnne2 (verified owner)

    It is an informational book that supports how to understand families that have struggled by different life changing things in their lives, and how it impacts the way they act and think. It definitely is a good read to support early educational staff when with working with children and families who have issues that could be changed to make their lives more fruitful!

  42. Christina Vaughan (verified owner)

    I found this book so useful in my Leadership in Adult Education classes; the insight into ACES and the emotional and physiological effects led to useful classroom discussions among my peers. What I enjoyed the most about the book wasn’t just the insight into how stress effects us in several realms but that it includes HOW to mitigate these effects. So often, books of this type only provide a cause and not often viable solutions.

  43. Director (verified owner)

    This could be required reading for everyone.

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