Jun 17 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (06/17/11)

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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Solitary Beach Walk

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@ShareAwakening “To grow, you must be willing to let
your present and future be totally unlike your past.
Your history is not your destiny.” ♥ ~ Alan Cohen


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@LillyAnn “When you are your authentic self, there is never any competition.”

@zebraspolkadots “As long as I was looking for my solutions outside of myself I was overlooking the solutions within myself.”

@healingtrauma “The break-through moments are unimaginable until they happen.” ~ Brian Schwimme

@wishprayhope “Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.” ~ Corita Kent

@soulseedz “Gratitude beams light on blessings that were there all along, like a flashlight in a darkened room.”

@805Therapy “Today’s Tip: (Say this and repeat throughout your day) ‘When I believe in myself, so do others.'”


Linked Tweets


Good to Know


@NAMIMass Know the lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or @800273TALK 24/7 when you or someone you know needs help
[SEO: This can never be published too often. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides many resources for both you or for someone you know. Get familiar with them now, so you’ll be able to help if that someone needs it. If you are that someone, point the people in your life who care about you to this link.]

@ssanquist Dr. Deb: 10 + 1 Tips for Being Medication Smart (via @Deborahserani)
[SEO: Good basic information, and see also discussion in the comments about the ins and outs of taking generics.]


The Rest of the Best


@TherapyTales The combined genius(essness) of @DrKathleenYoung and @TherapyTales
[SEO: An excellent post by Dr. Kathleen Young titled “Talking vs. Processing in Trauma Therapy”, which was inspired by a @TherapyTales cartoon, and a @zebraspolkadots tweet, both of which are included. Anyone who is dealing with trauma in therapy needs to read this.]

@FaithLotus Having a Therapist that “Gets You”
[SEO: This post is a snapshot of the potential a truly great trauma therapist brings to the table. It resonated strongly for me about my own therapist. Faith describes the way her therapist is the one person who, no matter what, “gets her” (meaning: deeply listens and understands, and routinely reflects that understanding back to her). “I can ‘hear’ his ‘voice’ when I am in a bad place, so I don’t need the physical proximity to get the therapy. I know exactly what he will say — He will tell me how great I am doing while I look at him like he has two heads. He will challenge all of my negativity about myself and point out how far I have come. He will call me a walking miracle. He will never validate my fears of being certifiably ‘crazy.'” It takes time and persistence to find someone of this calibre, but it can make all the difference in your recovery.]

@psychcentral Perfectionism is a Destiny of Dissatisfaction
[SEO: “The tragedy of perfectionism is that a comparison of what is with what could be is a foregone conclusion. To repeat, the ideal, the fictional, the imaginary is always better than the real, the factual, the existent. Thus, perfectionism is a destiny of dissatisfaction.” Lots to think about here.]

@LillyAnn Your light is seen, your heart is known, your soul is cherished…
[SEO: A brief inspirational “Wisdom Bit” that goes straight to the heart of so many people’s fears and insecurities… and why you are doing better than fine, today.]

@myptsd 5 Things To Progress PTSD Treatment (video)
[SEO: A 3 minute video by Michele Rosenthal, founder of healmyPTSD.com, outlining the five major steps to take to ensure progress in healing from PTSD. Be sure to check out the many resources at Heal My PTSD, too.]

@Mindful_Living How Do We Get in Our Own Way: Emerson and Mandela
[SEO: “Whether it’s an evolutionary automatic negativity bias or a developmentally constructed belief system from wounding as a child or both, the fact is, many of us are afraid of our own light. Something in us heavily guards against it saying, ‘I can’t do that,’ or ‘I’m no good at this,’ or ‘That’s not important. And then the shadow is created.” Post presents a three-step practice exercise that “…is simply inclining the mind toward stepping out of the shadow and into the light.”]

@healthyplace Normalizing Dissociation: Dissociative Amnesia
[SEO: “Clarifying the distinction between relatively normal dissociation and relatively abnormal dissociation is important for a number of reasons, including: 1) understanding what Dissociative Identity Disorder is becomes easier when you can clearly identify what it is not, 2) describing symptoms like dissociative amnesia to others is less of a challenge when you start from a place they can relate to, and 3) those of us with DID could do with regular reminders that we aren’t aberrant life forms and, in fact, a good portion of our dissociative experiences aren’t as far-fetched to other people as we may believe.”]

@DrAliceBoyes Strategy for Feeling Instantly Calmer (via @DrKathleenYoung)
[SEO: “You can use this strategy when you’re feeling anxious, tense, and/or overly sped up, or like your thoughts and feelings are racing.” Dr Boyes describes in detail an exercise in breathing and focus. See also the link at the end of the post which goes to a one-page PDF diagram titled Self-defeating Behavior Flow Chart, which is well worth looking at.]

@Belleruth How to get rid of recurring traumatic nightmares
[SEO: It’s interesting that I came upon this tweet, as I recently ordered (but haven’t yet received) one of Belleruth’s audio CDs “Guided Meditation for Healing Trauma (PTSD)” to review here on the blog. This post is her account of a stepped process called Nightmare Reprocessing, a protocol developed by two psychologists at the Louis Stokes Cleveland V.A. Medical Center. “From all indications, when this method is followed, trauma survivors can rid themselves of a repeating nightmare in three weeks or less.”

She writes of her experience using the process with an 84 year old veteran with a 60 year delayed onset of PTSD, and how it worked. But keep in mind that this protocol should be viable for anyone experiencing any kind of recurring traumatic nightmares from any source. The potential here sounds promising.]

@StarrLitLove Be fearless
[SEO: Inspiring, and hope-filled. Never give up.]


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  1. Dr Alice Boyes

    Hi! Thanks for linking to my blog post, and for your positive comments.

    Best regards,

    Dr Alice Boyes

    1. Sarah Olson

      You are quite welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by.


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