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A pioneering physician reveals how childhood stress can lead to lifelong health problems and shows us what we can do to break the cycle.

Two-thirds of us have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, or ACE, such as abuse, neglect, parental substance dependence, or mental illness. Even though these events may have occurred long ago, they have the power to haunt us long into adulthood, and now we have found that they may even contribute to lifelong illness.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the founder/CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness and recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, expands on similar topics as in her popular TED talk as she demystifies the connection between adversity and ill health. After surveying more than 17,000 adult patients, she found that the higher a person's ACE score, the worse their health. This led Burke Harris to an astonishing breakthrough - childhood stress changes our neural systems, and its impact lasts a lifetime.

Through vivid storytelling that combines both scientific insight with deeply moving stories about her patients and their families, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery from the academy to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco's poverty-ridden Bayview Hunters Point. She reroots the story of childhood trauma and its aftermath in science to help listeners see themselves and others more clearly.

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 The Deepest Well represents vitally important hope for change.

©2018 Nadine Burke Harris (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Blown away with the content of The Deepest Well

As a physician myself, this book has life changing and life giving information. I will be using what I have learned from Dr. Burke Harris in my medical practice, my community, my family and personally. My ACE (AChE) score is 7/10 and I am amidst a several year journey of recovery. The author/Dr. is spot on over and over throughout her book, her medical practice and her research. Universal application of the principles of her work and her passion will be a quantum leap to the improvement of health care and mental health care, simultaneously.
The Deepest Well is by far the most meaningful and relevant book I have read in years.
Thank you Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (and her family) for the valuable contribution of this book and your work.
Diana, MD, Oklahoma

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A masterpiece for our time

It was so inspiring to hear Dr. Nadine Burke Harris read her book. Her passion and wisdom comes across with every word. We will look back on this book as one of the most important cries for change to break the cycle of toxic stress. She covers the research better than most, and combines it with compelling stories of her patients and her own life. I’m just amazed that she had time to write this, considering all that she is doing to change the landscape of Adverse Childhood Experiences. This book is for everyone!!! My deepest gratitude to all of the people who have supported this work .

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Must Read

If you could sum up The Deepest Well in three words, what would they be?

The solution to a big problem in our country

What does Dr. Nadine Burke Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Science, evidence, and experience

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did. I ignored all of my work to listen to this book. I finished it in a day.

Any additional comments?

How did I not know about this information before?

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A phenomenal must read

This book is excellently written. Dr. Burke's reading made this book as powerful as it is educational. The passion and pain in her tone as she read gave this educational book a personal connection to listeners. I would highly recommend this book to any parent, clinician, social service professional, educator, and law enforcement professional.

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A waste of time.

I’m a PhD psychologist and the book advertised ‘healing the effects of high ACES.’ I use the ACE test with my patients, but am clueless as to what to do on a practical level with someone who has elevated ACES that date back maybe 10-40 years. Hearing this author talk about tadpoles, rats, black tie dinners, endless anecdotal stories of kids in her practice, politicians she knows in San Francisco when I live on the East Coast, and biochemical theory offered me nothing useful. Knowing why my patients are messed up from the childhood they experienced doesn’t help. I can be empathic with understanding of their issues, but someone who is suicidal, or highly depressed in my office needs more than that and wants more: direction, guidance, effective answers. This book offers none of that.

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Great information

I had no idea the long term effects that childhood adversity could cause. This book clearly articulated how those experiences can cause mental and physical challenges in later years. I feel more equipped to deal with these challenges with the information that has been shared in this book. Thank you!

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Great narration, important topic

The author is a good narrator, always a plus with audible books. I was hoping for more ideas on what to do with the info as a teacher, but I guess I can get that elsewhere.

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Bridging separation to end suffering.

Much of. The story of stress has been known but The Deepest Well tells it in a way that can be heard and transforms what has been anecdotal into documented truth. It is truth about the consequences of stress but more it is the truth that while humans are vastly different we are the same in our suffering and will find resolutions to our adversity only by acknowledging that being human has a thread that bridges all the differences.

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I love this book.

I love that the author read the book. She had so much good research and I loved that she shared her personal experience. I love the epilogue. I would love to meet the author.
I am an elementary school counselor. So much of this applies to my work.

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Powerful and personal

I recommend this audiobook to all of my friends. I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this but it ended up being an incredibly powerful personal story that really made me stop and think and feel.