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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 M.D.Nadine Burke Harris M.D.
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An extraordinary, eye-opening book.” —People

"A rousing wake-up call . . . this highly engaging, provocative book prove[s] beyond a reasonable doubt that millions of lives depend on us finally coming to terms with the long-term consequences of childhood adversity and toxic stress.” — Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego — a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assault — who galvanized her journey to uncover the connections between toxic stress and lifelong illnesses.

The stunning news of Burke Harris’s research is 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.  For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the fascinating scientific insight and innovative, acclaimed health interventions in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come​. 

 “Nadine Burke Harris . . . offers a new set of tools, based in science, that can help each of us heal ourselves, our children, and our world.” — Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544828704
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(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 Something's 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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