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Title:
The deepest well : healing the long-term effects of childhood adversity

Healing the long term effects of childhood adversity
Title:
The deepest well : healing the long-term effects of childhood adversity
Publisher Info:
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, [2018]
Physical Description:
251 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Pagination may vary.
Contents:
I. Discovery. Something's just not right -- To go forward, go back -- Forty pounds -- II. Diagnosis. The drive-by and the bear -- Dynamic disruption -- Lick your pups! -- III. Prescription. The ACE antidote -- Stop the massacre! -- Sexiest man alive -- Maximum-strength bufferin' -- IV. Revolution. The rising tide -- Listerine -- In the rearview -- Epilogue -- Appendix 1: What's my ACE score? -- Appendix 2: CYW adverse childhood experiences questionnaire.
Abstract:
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 a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego--a boy who had stopped growing 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.

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Summary

Summary

" 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


Author Notes


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.
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Table of Contents

Authors Notep. ix
Introductionp. xi
I Discovery
1 Something's Just Not Rightp. 3
2 To Go Forward, Go Backp. 17
3 Forty Poundsp. 27
II Diagnosis
4 The Drive-By and the Bearp. 45
5 Dynamic Disruptionp. 57
6 Lick Your Pups!p. 77
III Prescription
7 The ACE Antidotep. 97
8 Stop the Massacre!p. 117
9 Sexiest Man Alivep. 135
10 Maximum-Strength Bufferin'p. 155
IV Revolution
11 The Rising Tidep. 175
12 Listerinep. 197
13 In the Rearviewp. 213
Epiloguep. 223
Appendix 1 What's My ACE Score?p. 227
Appendix 2 CYW Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnairep. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 231
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 243