Apr 29 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (04/29/11)

Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD 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.

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@Tamavista “When a man does not know
what harbor he is making for,
no wind is the right wind.” ~ Seneca


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@Quotes4Writers “I write to find out what I didn’t know I knew, to find out what I didn’t know I felt.” ~ Robert Anderson

@EmbraceSelfLove “Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.” ~ Tao Te Ching

@DrJennifer “Being present in the now allows the embracing of all potentials and possibilities.”

@visityourself “Self-abandonment: Numbing your feelings with overdoing (work, online, food, alcohol). Antidote: Self-compassion.”

@nourishthesoul “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ Maya Angelou

@CarePathways “Instead of practicing perfectionism, practice ‘striving for excellence.'”


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Linked Tweets

@psychcentral How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal
[SEO: It never gets easier, but knowing what to do — and not do — in advance can improve the odds of changing the outcome. I consider this information to be in the same category as CPR. Everyone should know the basics.]

@APAPsychiatric National Children’s Mental Health Day THIS Tuesday May3! Celebrations include art, music, dance, and more
[SEO: Numerous links to programs, activities, and resources, including tip sheets on how to organize a local event.]

@VA_PTSD_Info PTSD Coach App on iTunes: Free app helps you manage stress following trauma
[SEO: “The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Features include:

* Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
* Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
* Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help you handle stress symptoms
* Direct links to support and help
* Always with you when you need it”

It’s free, and it’s for everyone, not just vets, even though it’s offered by the Veterans Administration. Check it out!]

@SarahEOlson2009 From Tracie: Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse ~ April 2011 ~ Speaking Out Edition
[SEO: Every year, April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Earlier in April, Tracie also posted an excellent resource outlining programs and what you can do to get involved, and why you should, whether you have this history or not. In addition to the usual Carnival categories, this edition contains several posts dedicated to the theme of ‘speaking out’.

There is an insidious code of silence about child abuse, both in terms of how most people really don’t want to dwell on it, and in terms of the silence enforced upon the child by his/her abuser. Speaking out is therapeutic. It is empowering. Don’t be silent.]

@Mindful_Living Have You Tried the Freedom Practice?
[SEO: “The reality is we’re always practicing something and reinforcing the neural connections in our brains whether we know it or not. When we give in to the automaticity of catastrophic thinking, eating that bowl of ice cream or making a racist remark, we are reinforcing its automaticity. So why not practice freedom?” Simple (but admittedly not easy) steps to practice freedom in your life. Try it.]

@gretchenrubin Need an emergency energy boost — right now? Try one of these strategies
[SEO: “When your energy level is low, everything feels like a chore — even things would ordinarily make you happy.” Originally written to deal with holiday stress, everything thispost offers is just as relevant on any other day. (Gretchen Rubin obviously thinks so, too, because she tweeted it this week!)]

@akvet An excellent diagram and explanation of PTSD’s effect on trip wire anger
[SEO: “Many people with PTSD struggle to understand why they fly off the handle at such little things, i.e., the toilet roll is around the wrong way, someone walked in front of you, that stranger looked at you, etc etc. The reason is actually quite simple, and easier to show than often explain, why those with PTSD tend to get angry quicker, more easily, and faster than others at little stupid things.”]

@patriciasinglet Being Nice to Yourself: Why is this so hard for many survivors?
[SEO: While the focus here is child abuse survivors, the issue applies equally to many survivors of domestic violence, rape, or any trauma which instilled a sense of shame. The post’s author writes, “We view ourselves through our abusers’ eyes and believe that we are unworthy of any sort of kindness. I am a big fan of the singer Pink. She has a song out called F*ckin’ Perfect that addresses this issue nicely:

‘You’re so mean, when you talk, about yourself you were wrong.
Change the voices, in your head, make them like you instead.’ ~ Pink “]

@Mindful_Living What is the Investment that Never Fails?
[SEO: “Henry David Thoreau said: ‘Goodness is the only investment that never fails.’ I tend to believe this, but each of us may have a different idea of what constitutes, ‘the good.’ … Some felt good when connected to friends, others felt good when they finally forgave, yet others felt good when they actually gave or experienced compassion. … Ask yourself, ‘What would it be like if I woke up each morning and thought of 5 things I am grateful for in my life each day?'” I know this is hard for some trauma survivors, but keep in mind that cynicism has a price.]

@SarahEOlson2009 Some People Wait Their Entire Lives to Ask this Question
[SEO: “Ask yourself, when’s the last time I actually intentionally paid attention to the seeds I plant day to day or moment to moment? Are you planting seeds of negative thinking, self-judgment, catastrophic thinking, or isolation? Or are you planting seeds of gratitude, laughter, giving, and compassion?”]


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