May 06 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (05/06/11)

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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Best Tweets 02/25/11 Pondering

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@CarePathways “We promote, project, and
show others only what we wish for them to see.
Is it not time to remove the mask
for we are hurting?”


Standalone Tweets

@thereseborchard “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” ~ Thomas Foxwell Buxton

@Tamavista “To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.” ~ Goethe

@karenkmmonroy “Being separate from life in your mind is an illusion — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous and doesn’t have effects.”

@FamousWomen “Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

@ShiftYourLife “Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”

@LillyAnn “Live as though your life makes a difference, because it does.”


Linked Tweets



@NAMIMass Join the Mental Health Month Blog Party May 18; blog about mental health and reduce stigma.
[SEO: “Join us on May 18 and publish a post on your blog about mental health’s importance, how we can diminish stigma, or the challenges of making lifestyle and behavior changes. Tell your story. Share your experience. Mental health affects everything we do. No matter what you regularly blog about, there’s a way to incorporate mental health.”

See the post for more details, two of which involve a cool badge you can add to your post/sidebar; and, if you let them know about your post, the APA Health Center will link back to your blog on their site. (Mine is still there from last year!) Contact them @APAHelpCenter on Twitter, and use the hashtag #mhblogday on May 18th for further recognition.]

@healingtrauma Free or low cost medications from “Patient Assistance Program Center”
[SEO: The economy is not getting better for anyone that I know. If you’re having trouble paying for your prescription meds, this site maintains a searchable database to help you find assistance. If you enter a name of drug, it will give you the manufacturer’s name and requirements you must meet to be eligible. You can also do a multiple drug search, and look up their PAP Directory listings. Check out the “Additional Help” and FAQ tabs for more resources.]


The Rest of the Best


@craigmo2 Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
[SEO: While this is posted on a site related to veterans, the research, fact sheets, and support resources linked here provide a wide range of info about PTSD — regardless of cause. I have not yet followed every link listed, but plan to.]

@PTSDdotOrg The Relationship between PTSD and Worry (via @akvet)
[SEO: I’ve never looked at worry this way — and probably should. “…Given that worry may temporarily bring down arousal and can distract people from more emotionally-distressing topics, people with PTSD may worry in order to obtain some relief from their distress. In fact, one study found that desires to avoid emotions explained the association between PTSD and worry. Unfortunately, as with other emotionally avoidant coping strategies, this relief will be short-lived.”]

@AngArtemis The Tenuous Nature of Self-Love (via @AlwaysWellWithn)
[SEO: An examination of what shapes our capacity for self-love, and a detailed look at what you can do to increase it. “Most tenuous relationships with self-love stem from how we were spoken to as children. If you’re taught that you are only worthy of being loved if you measured up or didn’t disappoint you will hear a negative voice in your head scolding you for the rest of your life until you become conscious of it. Once you identify that voice as the ‘false copy cat’ that it is you can truly begin to work on the relationship of loving yourself. The first thing to do is realize that you are not that voice.

@Mindful_Living A Question to Balance Your Brain
[SEO: “… We all have a built in automatic negativity bias that’s been wired into us for the purpose of keeping us safe. … If you’re depressed, you’ll find this way of seeing life even more instinctual and believable. However, when it comes to our emotional lives this isn’t always the most effective auto-responder. So what can we do to balance out our brains?”]

@goodthingz Manage Stress by Making Room for Peace and Tranquility
[SEO: “If we keep adding more to our already full plate, it can cause chronic stress, which will inevitably lead to exhaustion and burnout. Before these plates come crashing down, make room for peace and tranquility in your life. Here are a few suggestions to help bring awareness to the level of stress you may be dealing with, and to develop a plan to manage it.”]

@mistygirlph 5 Tips To Turn A Bad Day Into A Good Day
[SEO: “It can be really hard when we experience those days when things just don’t go the way we want them to. What’s even worse are those days when it feels like everything is falling apart around us. When I was younger and this happened, I always ended up feeling frustrated, and sometimes I even had the feeling that I was a failure.” Tips to turn it around, or if that can’t happen, to move on from it.]

@psychcentral Does Your Therapist “Got The Gift”?
[SEO: The “gift” being, an ability to actively listen to you. Post describes what active listening is, and why therapists need it as a component of good therapy. Also read the comments where the author clarifies another commenter’s issue with active listening being the only skill a therapist brings to your session.]

@goodthingz 5 Simple Ways to Overcome Insomnia
[SEO: “Through the years I have come up with certain things that help, but most importantly I find the key is to never look at insomnia as a battle. Once we start fighting to get to sleep the battle is already lost.”]

@psychcentral A touching post on how one of our bloggers found strength and liberation by feeling her feelings
[SEO: “We think that not feeling our feelings keeps us unscathed. It ‘keeps the ugliness’ from coming up and doing further damage. … I have things to do. And I can’t fall apart right now. Not even a glimmer, not even a chard of glass can fall from my fortress. Because, then, well, then, the whole thing I’ve built up so diligently, so perfectly, will shatter.”]


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