The Deepest Well

Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

The Deepest Well

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 occured 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 re-roots 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.
  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • 9 disks | 
  • ISBN 9781508254171 | 
  • January 2018
List Price $34.99 (price may vary by retailer)
Ships on or around January 23, 2018

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About the Author

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point. She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing childhood stress as a risk factor for adult disease. She serves as expert advisor for the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail Initiative and for California Governor Jerry Brown's Let's Get Healthy California Task Force. Her work has been profiled in The New Yorker, in Paul Tough's book How Children Succeed, and in Jamie Redford's film Resilience. Mother to four children, Dr. Burke Harris is the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Peditarics and the author of The Deepest Well. 

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