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The Deepest Well
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity | Nadine Burke Harris
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 her to dig deeper into the connections between toxic stress and the lifelong illnesses she was tracking among so many of her patients and their families. A survey of more than 17,000 adult patients' "adverse childhood experiences," or ACEs, like divorce, substance abuse, or neglect, had proved that the higher a person's ACE score the worse their health--and now led Burke Harris to an astonishing breakthrough. Childhood stress changes our neural systems and lasts a lifetime. Through storytelling that delivers both scientific insight and moving stories of personal impact, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from innovative research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco's poverty-ridden Bayview-Hunters Point. 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 inThe Deepest Well will represent vitally important hope for change.
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ncsufoxes
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I really enjoyed this book but then again this is an area I‘m interested in. I‘m doing my graduate thesis on looking at the ACEs as a predictor of behaviors in young children. I thought the author did a good job of covering the science behind the ACEs but also wrote it so that it was relatable. I can see a lot of her points in work I‘ve done with families in the past and how all interconnected mental health and overall health is.

ncsufoxes One more book off my #bookspin bingo board. No bingo because my reading was scattered. But I read 4 books for the month, which I‘m happy with (especially in the middle of grad school, thesis writing & working as a grad assistant in a lab). 1y
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ncsufoxes
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Up next, I want to try & read a chapter a day. I have just submitted my thesis topic, which is examining the impact of ACEs on a child‘s development & some other areas. Tough subject but looking forward to learning more to help me continue to understand.

Chrissyreadit I am struggling with how unrealistic culture is about ACES- one thing I am curious about involves the romanticism of the past- hearing how people pulled themselves up by their bootstrap. I think there is an unrealistic view of how a sick society functions and that keeping people sick maintains oppression. I know this is a more existential view but my individual cases wreck me with how much we know and how nothing changes- for my clients or the 1y
Chrissyreadit Unrealistic expectations placed on them - to my own chronic illness that I suspect has strong links to chronic stress. Sigh- I am ordering this book now - I would love to hear more about your thesis. 1y
ncsufoxes @Chrissyreadit I can see the big picture with the ACEs & I think in a perfect world it would be ideal. Unfortunately there is so much that needs to be addressed (medical, housing, education, the list goes on & on) to make it all effective. I agree that meritocracy is a constant form of oppression in this country as well as medical care. There are so many issues that need to be addressed, it‘s overwhelming. 1y
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ncsufoxes In the world of child development the ACEs has become a big obstacle to tackle because it brings to light that the environment a child grows up in can have a major impact on their development (things people have known but now gives the concrete evidence). I‘m interested in how a child‘s development is impacted by their ACEs score. There are several areas I was going to look at: anxiety, behavior & parenting relationship. 1y
ncsufoxes CA is trying to have all kids get an ACEs done by their doctors. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is the Surgeon General here & that was her goal. They are slowly starting to administer them. I‘m at San Diego State University & they are starting a small pilot program to examine what happens after the scores. It‘s going to be interesting what happens over the next few years as CA & possibly other states start to use this tool more. 1y
Chrissyreadit I‘m very interested in what you learn! I ordered the book and it arrived Friday. I think Covid has brought to light so many inequalities that correlate with ACES that our school systems have taken on and now are considered addressed. I hear from fans of charter schools that we spend money that must be “wasted” by a broken system instead of recognizing our schools are doing work that goes far beyond education and mainly due to underfunded social 1y
Chrissyreadit Programs and limited realistic support. Sometimes I become angry over how complicated and ineffective a systemic response is because the broken system serves some “other” purpose and fixing it draws light to the issues that are truly problematic. 1y
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One of the most important books I‘ve ever read. This details Dr. Burke Harris‘s journey to develop treatments for toxic stress and integrating the ACE study into her pediatric practice. As a teacher working in a trauma informed school, it was so helpful for my education and I could not recommend it more!

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Spainman75
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A must read. Such an amazing look at how childhood trauma affects decision-making.

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Chrissyreadit
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Taking a two minute Litsy break from working on this weeks paper. Sigh. The research is incredible, but heavy and depressing.

Nan2 It gets easier when she starts talking about what helps! 4y
Chrissyreadit I can‘t even!!!! @Nan2 This has been one heck of a week. You know- the kind I seem to have!!!!! 4y
Nan2 Thanks sooooo much for my books that came!!! I was sick for a couple days so didn‘t get to send a thank you! Sorry you‘ve been having a week. I thought that book would speak to you 4y
Chrissyreadit @Nan2 your welcome- a lot of schoolwork and illness make for rough week. 4y
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dk35morris

A pediatricians journey into finding resilience with high ACEs. Helps to answer the question of how to heal those with trauma histories/generational ACEs