- Series: Psychosocial Stress Series (Book 37)
- Hardcover: 238 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415875641
- ISBN-13: 978-0415875646
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the Past Is Always Present: Emotional Traumatization, Causes, and Cures (Psychosocial Stress Series) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Since 1983, Ronald A. Ruden has run an internal medicine practice in Manhattan and dedicated part of the proceeds to follow research interests. His first efforts were described in his book, The Craving Brain, a neurobiological discussion of addictive behaviors. In 2003 he began a new research project involving the understanding of traumatization that has led to three publications in Traumatology, edited by Charles Figley, and to this book. He continues his research on traumatization.
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One of the major problems for trauma survivors is that we don't have the information or understanding we need in order to comprehend what's wrong with us and what to do about it. Dr. Ruden's book takes all the mystery out of moving forward. With chapters that clearly explain what it means to be traumatized, the role emotions play and how they connect to survival, how traumatic memories are encoded, the consequences of traumatization and how to begin interrupting that process, plus a detailed review of havening and even instructions on self-havening, Ruden's knowledge and thoughts offer a light in the darkness of the post-trauma state.
I struggled with over 25 years of posttraumatic stress disorder, mostly because no one around me, including myself, understood trauma or what to do about its impact. I'm now 100% PTSD-free and can vouch for how valuable Ruden's information would be on any journey to recovery. I highly recommend Ruden's book so that you learn what you need to know about the nature of trauma and its effects, plus how possible it is to feel better. With this knowledge and hope you will be inspired to move away from the past and into a present that is free from anxiety, depression and fear.
For professionals, the havening is not difficult to learn and for the patients it provides a real hope to be free of the debilitating symptoms and the limiting behaviors associated with trauma.
Dr. Ruden clearly identifies the conditions that create the emotional landscape for traumatic encoding to occur in the brain and his years of research have culminated in this new handbook that is lucid and brilliant in its potential to help trauma patients. The combination of both the medical facts and his patients' anecdotes make this complicated topic an easy read.
Havening is a therapy that is grounded in the healing feeling of being safe and is based on a specific pattern of touch that Dr. Ruden developed to create the feeling of safety necessary to down regulate traumatization and to allow people who have been traumatized to escape from the inescapable; in effect removing the traumatic memory from the brain.
This book deserves to be read by EVERYONE who works in psychotherapy or with trauma patients or who is a trauma patient themselves. I fell into Dr. Ruden's office by accident, after suffering a major and debilitating trauma. And through his havening, I can truthfully say, he has saved my life.
This is not only a book for shrinks and doctors. It's also a book for those who have been traumatized and continue to feel the effects.