May 20 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (05/20/11)

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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Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@ASimpleTruth “You are born with compassion. You wake to it every day. You just need to cultivate it by your choices to live it.”

@soulseedz “Gratitude takes a heart’s eye view of life; large and generous, pumping perspective through your thoughts and feelings.”

@mylivingpower “Anxiety dissolves in gratitude.”

@Splinteredones “Love challenges, depression fits. They give one the opportunity to overcome. Because it’s all inside. Potential for it all — is inside.”

@Tamavista “I can’t go back to yesterday — because I was a different person then.” ~ Lewis Carroll

@visityourself “Bring to mind someone in your life that’s easy to love. When they think of you, they smile too.”


Linked Tweets


Mental Health Month Blog Party


Last year when I participated in this Blog Party, there were at most 40 participants. This year’s event boasts more than 200 blog posts from all over the web! Well worth checking them out. Below are just a few of them.

@PsychBrownBag How to choose the right form of psychotherapy
[SEO: A step-by-step discussion of what is “evidence-based” psychotherapy, and how to choose the right form for you. Includes links from previous Psychotherapy Brown Bag’s posts about different aspects of choosing a therapist.]

@Mindful_Living The One Major Lesson I’ve Learned
[SEO: “If there’s one major lesson I’ve learned it’s that we can’t always control what happens to us, but true freedom lies in cultivating the awareness to choose how we want to respond. Mindfulness is key to mental health.”

@psychcentral Maybe you’re afraid/ashamed or just didn’t think to tell. But here’s 10 reasons why you should tell your therapist.
[SEO: “If you are in therapy, and you drink or do drugs (whether or not you are also prescribed medication) please let your therapist know. Here’s [10 reasons] why.”]

@SarahEOlson2009 Mental Health Month Blog Party: Two Kinds Of Stigma
[SEO: Yes, this is my entry. :) I think it’s important to consider the difference between the stigma of mental illness that society places upon us, versus the stigma we place on ourselves. You may not even realize that you’re doing it, and it’s a kind of stigma you can directly control.]


The Rest of the Best


@drkkolmes Be kind to yourself. Self-compassion may matter more than self-esteem.
[SEO: “‘Self-compassion begins to sound like you are indulging yourself, but we don’t find that. People high in self-compassion tend to have higher standards, work harder and take more personal responsibility for their actions,’ Leary said. Presumably because they are not afraid of being mentally taken through the ringer, researchers also think self-compassionate people may be more aware of their own faults, have more courage and be more motivated to persevere. Those with self-compassion may even open access to higher levels of creative thinking, suggests one 2010 study in the Creativity Research Journal.”]

@PTSDdotOrg A Dog Named Slugger: How Service Dogs Improve the Lives of Many
[SEO: Along with many other impressive feats by service dogs, “A recent survey showed that 82 percent of patients with PTSD who were assigned a dog had a decrease in symptoms, and 40 percent had a decrease in the medications they had to take.” ~ Dr. Melisa Kaime, director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)”.]

@NAMIMass Good Perfectionism versus Bad Perfectionism
[SEO: “I think the line that determines ‘bad’ perfectionism from good’ perfectionism is drawn with how well you are able to function despite the loud conversation in your head. If the chatty dialogue is so obnoxious that it’s hard for me to get anything done, then I have myself a case of debilitating OCD. However, if the perfectionism and fear of failure propels me to chart a course for recovery (exercise in the morning, therapy on Thursday, a half-hour meditation every day), or if it pushes me to map out an outline for a work project so that I’m not so stressed when I sit down to tackle the thing … it becomes my ally.”]

@hea1th The importance of deep breathing
[SEO: “Today, in our busy lives, breathing is a way to renovate the balance of our body, nourish our minds, and relate us to our inner source. Deep breathing is used to aid control panic, anxiety attacks, and mental stress. It is been found that there is a relationship between breathing and mental health.”]

@rcinstitute Understanding Why We Keep Secrets
[SEO: “Can you admit how your lies live in you now? Can you dare to make your own connection between your lies and a subtle but disconcerting lack of self-respect? No matter how well the secret is kept, it’s leaking somewhere, somehow, into your life. If you let the ‘real’ you be a liar, then the person you’re showing the world is basically a people-pleaser, quietly stuck, keeping the peace, exactly like I was, slowly becoming more sad and unsettled.”]

@goodthingz 6 Tips for Battling Loneliness
[SEO: “The more I’ve learned about happiness, the more I’ve come to believe that loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider.” Six strategies to deal with loneliness. I especially like the distinction between loneliness and solitude.]


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