The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity
A pioneering physician reveals how childhood stress leads to lifelong health problems and what we can do to break the cycle.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as an innovative, crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was her patient Diego - a boy who had stopped growing four years earlier after a sexual trauma - who galvanized...more
Even though the subject matter is sad at times, Dr. Harris's research is compelling. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor, author, and teacher. I wrote about the ACEs study in my first book (Renewed).
Currently I'm in the process of finalizing a book about post-traumatic growth. I spent five years researching and writing about a fascinating phenomenon; one that most people don't know about: That is that some people are resilient to trau ...more
There is much better information available to read about ACE studies if you are interested, that can easily be found online, without the muddiness of the storytelling format.
1. The "me me me" style of the writing. Everything is about the author. Her feelings, her fund-raising, her fancy dinner parties. I kept having ...more
one star for the misleading title : I was expecting more of a work book and tips. There were, I suppose , two of them hidden.
meditate and exercise .
Most people intuitively understand that unresolved childhood trauma can impact the mind and body of an individual. There's no surprise there. We know about the connection between trauma in childhood and risky behavior, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders in adult life. What we are not aware of is that there is a connection between early life adversity ...more
When statistics have faces they feel a lot heavier. p122
Even a brief look at the statistics would give anyone reason to think this will be a heavy book. The enormity of the problem is staggering. But the remarkable Nadine Burke Harris has given us blueprint of possibilities and her book, as troubling as it, is infused with optimism and joie de vivre. Herself having grown up in adversary, she is definitely a woman with a mission, with the courage to speak truth and not only an inspiration to ever ...more
It's the key to understanding your challenges, your parents' challenges, and a brilliant and compassionate insight into how our bodies and brains work - no tear jerking, no pity, no pathologizing anyone. Simply an honest and educational look at how divorce, violence, verbal abuse, and many other stressful parts of our collective childhoods affect how we form attachment, manage stress and self regulate. I want to give this to everyone I know and start a discussion.
The audiobook is read by the author.
I read this to help a friend of mine prep a course for PNP students. Here are some of the reflective questions that I came up with for discus ...more
Fist, the title of this book is misleading. I almost didn't check it out at all because the title made is sound like some kind of new-agey self-help workbook. Our library website provided a more detailed description that implied the book was about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research conducted by Kaiser and the CDC that link long term health conditions and early death with extreme early childhood abuse/neglect. Unfortunately, that wasn't an accurate descriptio ...more
a book that deepened my understanding of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) scores, how high ACE scores effect us (physically, emotionally, culturally) and ways to heal from said trauma.
What was offered: None of the above.
Look, I had some serious doubts when I was knee deep in this book and this Stanford trained Dr. was wailing about how so many of her clients (children from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the area) were struggling in a myr ...more
You might want to have some tissues handy. (I was brought to tears multiple times. Super awkward on an airplane surrounded by only strangers.)
I've been in love with Nadine Burke Harris' work since I stumbled upon her TED talk a few years ago. Although my bias had me set up anticipating I'd enjoy the book, my expectations were also set high.
Harris does not disappoint.
A carefully balanced volume, it weaves tales of childhood adversity with scientific study and stats. Hav ...more
Understanding how the experience of childhood trauma (or “adverse events”) is life-shaping has long been important in my field (Psychiatry). For someone who wouldn’t know about what an adverse childhood event is, how influential an event can be down the line, or what to do about it, rea ...more