Jul 01 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (07/01/11)

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 070111 Quiet Huge Pond

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@ShareAwakening “In each of us are places
where we have never gone. Only by pressing
the limits do you ever find them.” ♥ ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@DrAthenaStaik “Authenticity is permission you give yourself to be real, to be who you are, warts and graces.”

@LillyAnn “The best way to cultivate a pure heart is to live your purpose.”

@nibbana50 “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” ~ Dr. Kabat-Zinn

@Tamavista “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.” ~ Zen

@ShareAwakening “We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.” ♥ ~ Margaret Mead

@soulseedz “Quench your thirst for meaning with gratitude.”


Linked Tweets


National PTSD Awareness Day ~ June 27


@VA_PTSD_Info PTSD Awareness, Week 4: You are not alone. Check out the many organizations working to help folks with PTSD.
[SEO: “The more we know about dealing with trauma and PTSD, the more we can help others. Many organizations provide assistance and conduct investigations to help us understand trauma and its aftermath.” The focus is vets, but there are many helpful resources for anyone with PTSD.]

@Care_Aware Today is National PTSD Awareness Day (designated by US Senate)
[SEO: “The NCTSN [National Child Traumatic Stress Network] is proud to observe National PTSD Awareness Month, and offers the resources listed below to help educate individuals, families, professionals, policy makers, and communities about the significant impact that PTSD has on men, women, and children.” Resources for all, but highly focused on children and various causes of PTSD.]

@NewsHour PTSD awareness day — scientists’ search for effective treatments (video) (via @webmiss007)
[SEO: “On the face of it, the cause of post-traumatic stress disorder seems obvious. If you live through a terrifying event, you may be left with fears and memories that can take over your life. What’s not so obvious is how PTSD could be prevented once someone has experienced the trauma.” Both a PBS Newshour video report and its transcript are offered here free of charge.]

@Care_Aware 5 Lessons Children Need to Avoid PTSD
[SEO: “Operation Safe’s work with children after disaster in the developing world is aimed at reducing the risk of developing PTSD. Because of the short supply of professional psychologists in these countries and programs for these children we train volunteers and parents how to care for the emotional needs of their children. We have found that through the use of stories, games, crafts, songs and friendship we are able to help children who might not have received any care to be emotionally healthy.” Read the five lessons children need to avoid PTSD, all of which you’d want your children to know as life lessons, anyway.]


For Partners/Spouses and Close Friends of Trauma Survivors


@psychcentral If someone needs help right now, don’t wait. A true story of what to do an a mental health emergency.
[SEO: “Sometimes, people we love don’t have the ability to call up a therapist and take charge of their own lives. Their illness is too intense; they can’t see the forest through the trees, and their depressive spiral might simply become too big to lift on their own.”]

@ssanquist Can You ‘Catch’ Your Partner’s Depression?
[SEO: “Stress can trigger depression, and there’s no doubt that dealing with a depressed spouse can be stressful. Caregivers can become so caught up in getting their partners help for depression that they neglect themselves. They start passing up on social activities, not eating or exercising enough, and generally devoting all their energy to the depressed spouse. This can lead to feelings of isolation, resentment, and yes, even their own depression.” If you are the depressed person in your relationship, give your spouse/partner this article, whether you think he/she needs it or not.]


The Rest of the Best


@Mindful_Living Facebook: A Cold Hard Look
[SEO: Post lists the usual benefits of using Facebook, then asks: “I also have to consider, like anything else, at what point does it increase our stress, water down our relationships, become an addictive behavior or shift us away from what really matters? This is worth being curious about and your experience will be different from your neighbors.”]

@tiferetjournal Awesome Variations on Meditation (post and videos)
[SEO: “Since everything you’ve ever experienced and know is in your awareness, the end goal is understanding That which is Aware. You can define yourself in a multitude of ways, looks, jobs, gender, race and everything else that words divide in our sensory world. And, at every moment of you playing one of these roles, there was this awareness. Are you the concept of I or are you that which is aware of the concept?” Describes numerous variations on meditation (for different purposes), and includes five videos demonstrating the techniques.]

@psychcentral When pain comes knockin’ on your door instead of running from it, why not let it in? Sounds crazy, but it might help.
[SEO: “If you stop resisting pain, and just allow it to sit next to you — if you just let what is, be — then you’ve already changed your relationship to it. And you’ve let it change its relationship to you. Rather than trying to control the pain and build ever bigger dams inside to keep it all at bay, if you just accept it, the paradoxical theory of change suggests that it may well just wash in and through and out of you again. And then other things have a chance to flow in in its place.” See also the next post below.]

@FaithLotus Letter to Myself for the Darkest Days
[SEO: Written by a survivor of child abuse, this excellent letter to her self is applicable to anyone dealing with the extreme mental anguish associated with healing from PTSD, regardless of cause. Referring to this process as “emotional chemo”, she knows that the pain will move through her and out, especially if she does not fight the healing process. “You don’t have to get through this time with grace: you just have to get through it however you can.”]


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