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Nov 05 2010

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Best Tweets for Trauma Survivors (week ending 11/05/10)

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” and “share” this post 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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@Tamavista “The obstacle is the path.” ~ Zen

 

Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@spiritsully “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them.”

@docmarion “The silence within can be a comfortable place. The storms outside must still be faced.”

@PixelProject “Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity” ~ W. Clement Stone

@rcinstitute “WisdomWednesday: wisdom is knowing that the only way to teach is to be your lesson.”

@PsychDigest “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain

@Tamavista “Don’t forget to love yourself.” ~ Kierkegaard

Linked Tweets

On Forgiveness

@DarleneOuimet Forgive the Abusers? A bit of a Rant (via @DrKathleenYoung)
[SEO: This resonates strongly for me, and apparently as well for people in the 170+ comments. "So my point is not to put the blame where it belongs in order to stay there in that anger or resentment, but rather as a stepping stone to healing. I have no resentment anymore. I am not angry about my past because I have worked my way through it. But I HAD to go through the stage where I was really angry, and where I did not think forgiveness would ever be possible or necessary. I had to give myself permission to be angry, permission to speak, to have a voice, to vent and rage and FEEL all the emotions that I was not allowed to feel before as a victim." Also, check out the video linked as an addendum to the post, Forgiveness and Blame by Daniel Mackler.]

Patricia Singleton at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker has blogged extensively on the topic of forgiveness as it relates to abuse survivors. Below are three key posts:

@patriciasinglet Prelude To Forgiveness
[SEO: A list of 16 tips on "how to do forgiveness", from the perspective of an abuse survivor. No. 1: "Don't let anyone try to push you into doing forgiveness until you are ready to do it. You will know when the time is right for you."]

@patriciasinglet Forgiveness, Done In Layers
[SEO: "Forgiveness isn't a one-time thing. I find myself doing it over and over again. Anger and hurt can hide from your conscious mind and be triggered by what seems like unconnected events."]

@patriciasinglet Forgiveness Is Not Forgetting The Child Abuse
[SEO: Written in response to the post above, "Forgive the Abusers? A bit of a Rant", this article outlines the "musts" and "shoulds" laid on child abuse survivors to make them forgive whether ready or not, and how those statements create further doubts, confusion, and self-abuse.]

The Rest of the Best

@psychcentral Supporting Individuals with Depression: The Importance of Self-Care
[SEO: What you need to know about limits, boundaries, and self-care issues when supporting someone who is depressed. If, on the other hand, you are the depressed person, it's a good reality check to consider what the people in your life may be experiencing when supporting you. It would be an act of caring on your part to point them to this article.]

@SarahEOlson2009 6 Ways to Open Up and Talk in Therapy
[SEO: "You’ve gathered up the energy and resources to start psychotherapy. It’s a big step and you’re excited to begin. But you find yourself unable to talk in therapy. What’s the point of talk therapy without the talking? We find it so incredibly easy to open up online, but when we’re in the therapy office, we become suddenly mute. There are many strategies to help “open up” and be able to talk more freely while in psychotherapy."]

@thereseborchard Unload Your Guilt!: Guilt is one of the main rivers feeding into the great lake of depression. (video) (via Beyond Blue)
[SEO: A visualization exercise to relieve some of the burdens of guilt which we all lug around. "I have to come up with a visualization technique that allows myself to unload some of the guilt. This one, I think, helps. Except for the fact that I stole the rocks, and I feel guilty about that, and I don't know how to get them back to the place where I found them without looking like a terrorist." A sense of humor helps, too.]

@psychcentral Creative tips to express and ease negative moods
[SEO: "The side effect of exploring your emotions through creative activity is that it acts as a form of auto-therapy to actually elevate your mood. This is confirmed by English novelist Graham Greene, who wrote: “Art is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic inherent in the human situation.” " See also next article below.]

@arttherapy Art Therapy Helps Children Cope With Tragedy (CBS story and video)
[SEO: Although the focus is on children who use art therapy to cope with the death of a loved one, the article explains well why art therapy is beneficial for anyone dealing with trauma. "'It allows them to take the pain and to take the sadness, take the frustration, take the questions, and put it outside of themselves,' art therapist Mary Gambarony said, 'and that’s very healing in itself to get it out of you, put it on something objective in front of you and be able to look at it.'”]

@goodthingZ 13 Tips for Dealing w/a Lousy Day
[SEO: 13 coping strategies for those lousy, crummy, horrible days that we all experience, and good reasons why you should consider using them. Keep this list handy.]

@SarahEOlson2009 Military Mental Health: There’s an App (and Money) For That
[SEO: (NOTE: The article and mood tracker are both aimed at veterans with PTSD, but ANYONE -- including civilians -- can download the app for free to their phone and use it for the same purposes. I have not tried it because I don't have a smart phone. I'd love a review of the app from both a veteran and non-veteran point of view. Anyone?) Article describes a new "free smart phone application for Android devices designed to help soldiers and veterans to track their emotional health. It’s called the T2 Mood Tracker (from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology) is available for free download now. (The iPhone app is in the works.) It’s basically a mood tracker, allowing users to track their mood, happiness and stress levels throughout the day." Anyone can download here and use the app, free of charge. FAQ at that link.]

@PTSDdotOrg PTSD: So Much to Tell You, and I Can’t Say a Word
[SEO: A detailed article that attempts to describe what PTSD is like, aimed at those who don't have it but need to understand it. Includes a comprehensive list of symptoms, treatment for trauma and flashbacks, and a video, "Understanding PTSD: A Rough Guide". A good place to start for loved ones.]

@SarahEOlson2009 40 Excellent Blogs for PTSD Support
[SEO: A truly outstanding collection of blogs which focus on issues faced by trauma survivors of all types. "No matter the trigger — war, abuse, the death of a loved one, natural disasters and many others — and no matter the person, he or she can find themselves stricken down by this harrowing medical condition. Though PTSD and its co-morbid diagnoses swell from varying circumstances, those suffering from it are not nearly as alone in life as they may feel. Even beyond the resources listed here (in no particular order), other blogs, websites and forums specifically catering to the needs of victims provide an online community promoting hope and the pursuit of healthy therapy. Use them as a stepping stone towards stability and peace, though please understand that none of the advice provided here takes the place of professional therapy."]

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  1. Grace

    After reading all these wonderful tweets about presence of mind and peace and imagination, am thinking our new Congress should start off with one of those retreats where teams learn to work with each other and support one another.

  2. Darlene Ouimet

    Thanks for highlighting my forgiveness post Sarah! I appreciate it!
    Hugs, Darlene

  3. Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker

    Thanks for mentioning my blog articles on forgiveness. I appreciate the links.

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