Oct 08 2010

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Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors (week ending 10/08/10)

Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors is a weekly Friday feature. My selections are entirely subjective, and I know it will never be possible to include every great resource tweeted. But I can try! I’ve personally read all tweeted links, and believe them to be of great value.

Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for content found on any other website. Stay safe, and don’t follow links if you believe you might be triggered by them. Also, I will not be re-checking links from older Best Tweets posts, and if the site’s archived URL is different from the one I’ve provided here, you may need to do a search on their site.

NEW and REALLY COOL: You can now “like” this post, and “share” it everywhere with the touch of a button or two at the end of the linked tweets! Feel free to do any or all of that! (And thanks.)


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@aMorselofWisdom “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

Six Provocative Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@soulseedz “Dare to be your own person. People will like you or not, but they will be in no doubt as to who you are and what you stand for.”

@reginaldcuffee “What you believe and cling to make you unopened to consider a different viewpoint.”

@Tigerbean “Everything that is labeled and boxed up and extrapolated and feared and wished and denied is veneer –- a false finish.” ~ Jasmine Lamb

@karenkmmonroy “Letting go is part of letting all things be made anew.”

@zebraspolkadots “In seeking to live beyond survival — the first step was to choose this path. The second step was to take the first step over and over and over.”

@Maura_Aura “Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.” ~ Denis Waitley

Linked Tweets

@SarahEOlson2009 The DSM5 and Dissociation (via Mind Parts)
[SEO: A discussion of contemplated revisions to the DSM5 — and their impact — regarding dissociation and dissociative disorders. “There has been some concern that the dissociative disorders, especially dissociative identity disorder, would be subsumed under other diagnoses and thereby essentially be ‘declassified.’ …[The task force is] proposing that there be a stress and trauma spectrum section which will include PTSD and the dissociative disorders. …Even though there would still not be a diagnostic requirement of a trauma for a dissociative disorder to exist, placing dissociation squarely into a section with an emphasis on trauma etiology would be a blow to the false memory advocates.”]

@CarePathways How Well Do You Cope? Take the test to see how well you do
[SEO: A general discussion of why coping skills are essential, plus a 30 item quiz to gauge how effectively you cope. For example, “You let go of thoughts that really don’t matter.” (That’s a tough one for me, personally.) Implicit in each of these 30 items is what you might try the next time you need to cope. (But if you’ve done everything you can to cope, see the following post on finding power in vulnerability and surrender.)]

@hapdoc “Finding power in vulnerability: Surrender into Support” (via @DrSnit)
[SEO: “I realize now that I have been overly judgmental about the idea of helpless and have not really given surrender a chance. I have always thought being helpless was needy and cloying -– it was a bad thing. I always thought of helpless as bad words — like pathetic, loser, useless. Words you use to judge yourself as less than capable. When I took the negative judgment out of the word and allowed myself to say, “I am helpless right now to change this situation; I have shown up for myself, advocated, done everything I could do, I am living my best life, I now surrender.” Something happened! I cried in relief!”]

@pattyloof Depressed? Here’s what I do
[SEO: Warning: This blogger (and I) strongly advise that if you are actively suicidal, (as opposed to having suicidal feelings which you know you will not act upon), you must seek emergency professional care NOW. This post is not a substitute.

Using diagrams to chart how the course of depression typically runs, and a “Mad World” music video, this blogger, who is no stranger to suicidal depression, details what has worked for her to come back from depths of depression. It’s similar to ‘crying your eyes out': when you really let it all out, you feel some relief. “When I feel depressed, fighting it is almost the worst thing I can do. (Killing yourself is the very worst thing, as it solves nothing.) I’ve found that when I feel bad, the best thing to do is to feel as bad as I possibly can using music, to find songs that turn me into a total sniveling bawl baby…. Then, as strange as it sounds, after really being as down as possible, I feel better!” [SEO: Without ever having thought about it quite this way, I also use sad music to help process depression.]

@stevescott1: 6 Tips for Dealing with Critical People (via @zebraspolkadots)
[SEO: Trauma survivors truly don’t need the added aggravation of dealing with endlessly critical people. “We’re all human and we all have our moments—I know that I can get pretty critical when I’m in a bad mood or angry at someone—but there’s a big difference between occasional constructive criticism and downright nastiness.”]

@goodthingZ 4 Active Choices for Success and Happiness (via Tiny Buddha)
[SEO: “…the reason I wasn’t happy, successful, or doing the things I wanted to do was that I wasn’t doing a single thing about it. I was complaining to others, constantly searching for their approval, for some sort of life line. I thought that in order to make myself happy I had to please everyone else, but I was wrong.”]

@counsellingldn Setting Healthy Boundaries In Relationships – A How To Guide
[SEO: “Why bother having them? They are an integral part of your sense of confidence and self-esteem. Low confidence and low esteem almost always comes hand-in-hand with crappy boundaries.”]

@SarahEOlson2009 Rediscover You: Therapy and the Paradoxical Theory of Change | The Therapist Within
[SEO: “Is it possible that trying to be the person you want to be comes at the expense of the person that you are? … What if this theory were true? That you could automatically evolve just by being and accepting exactly who you are -– with all your ‘faults’ and ‘flaws’ and ‘growing edges’ out there in full view alongside all the other ‘acceptable’ bits. When was the last time you tried this, and ‘became what you are’?”]

@PalCheck Feeling Safe, Peace of Mind
[SEO: This is formatted like a poem, but it’s really not one. Discusses how to create a feeling of safety via protecting yourself in both the real and “unreal” world. Provides informal exercises to determine if the fear that stops your feeling of safety is real or imagined, and steps you can take to move forward.]

@goodthingZ How to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Starts to Pull You Under
[SEO: “Many of us end up treading the deep waters of debt, anxiety, loneliness or overwork. And even for the good swimmers, there are moments when our buoyancy leaves us and we feel like we’re sinking – being pulled under by the weight of daily life.”]

@mallikachopra: Why Meditation Is Good For You (An Illustrated Guide) (via @MetaVisions)
[SEO: A humorous cartoon-type guide. Short but excellent, and part of a series.]

@FaithLotus We are the Ones Who Heal Ourselves
[SEO: This post advocates that we are healed when we actively choose to begin healing, and that it is not a therapist per se who heals us. The author is not at all arguing against therapy. She is arguing for personal empowerment. I agree that a person who isn’t striving for healing isn’t likely to stumble upon it. But I also think, for many people with PTSD, the desire for healing is greatly accelerated and synergized with a competent, compassionate therapist. Much food for thought here.]

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  1. Susan

    Sarah – you are and have been compiling a veritable resource of balanced wisdom and resources for trauma survivors. Thank you for what you do ~ and thank you for including me in your lists!

    1. Sarah Olson

      You are welcome! And thank *you* for consistently publishing posts which make me think about mental health issues in a new light. I love this community we are part of!


  2. Tamarisk

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks so much for the link! What a valuable resource you have pulled together here, I’m humbled to be included.


    1. Sarah Olson

      You are very welcome! I’m always on the lookout for good resources.



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