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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@visityourself “Take three full breaths.
Lengthen spine on inhales.
Relax shoulders on exhales.”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@paulocoelho “The beauty of truth: whether it is bad or good, it is liberating.”
@zebraspolkadots “There is no prison stronger than that of one’s own mind.”
@RockChristopher “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~ Etty Hillesum
@soulseedz “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ~ Maya Angelou
@CarePathways “We need to give ourselves 365 mornings where we awaken into the self that contains our own true being.”
@Good_Therapy “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” ~ William Shakespeare
@Childhelp You may be upset about the Casey Anthony verdict. Did you know that 5 children die every day from child abuse? Act now!
[SEO: If even half of the anger, outrage, and energy vented since the Casey Anthony verdict was applied to ensuring that every child is safe and loved, the world would look a lot different for thousands of other children. ChildHelp lists the many ways in which you can become involved and proactively prevent child abuse. Don’t just sit there fuming — do something.]
@LisaCollierCool Dangerous (and surprising) Food-Medication Interactions
[SEO: “Did you know that deli meats, milk, and even candy could cause adverse reactions with certain medications? A variety of everyday foods and beverages can weaken the effectiveness of the drugs you’re taking, make them more potent, or spark serious side effects.” Most often cited in this post are various antidepressants, and/or blood pressure meds, that can create serious problems when combined with certain foods. If you’re not sure if this warning applies to meds you’re taking, ask your pharmacist.]
@KatzOnEarth Some consider ASD to be a form of PTSD. Others do not. This article contains some discussion about it.
[SEO: Article makes distinctions between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder. “ASD shares many of the same characteristics as PTSD, including emotional numbness, restlessness, anxiety, uncharacteristic irritability, problems focusing or concentrating, flashbacks, and sleep disturbance. In fact, some experts consider ASD a variation of PTSD.
However, there are two important distinctions between ASD and PTSD. One is that ASD is considered a more immediate, short-term response to trauma that lasts between two days and four weeks. If ASD symptoms persist for more than a month, then PTSD may be diagnosed. The other notable difference is that ASD is more associated with dissociative symptoms. …” This last point intrigues me, and I will be looking into it further.]
@PTSDdotOrg Surviving PTSD
[SEO: The basics of what PTSD is, and how to survive it, by Michele Rosenthal, founder of healmyptsd.com. Includes a 20 minute video created by HealthyPlace.com. If someone in your life (including you!) is just beginning on this healing journey, this is a good start to understand what they/you are dealing with. See also the next post below for common reactions following trauma.]
@VA_PTSD_Info Learning from 20 Years of PTSD Research: We know that people commonly experience a range of reactions following trauma.
[SEO: “People experience a range of reactions following trauma. Here you will find information on some common reactions, including anger, nightmares, sleep problems, and more.” Each linked type of reaction goes to a separate page which describes each of these reactions in much greater detail.]
@patriciasinglet Healing from Childhood Traumas in Midlife
[SEO: “We all wish there could be a quick fix to PTSD. Dan [Hayes] can tell you that treatment can be a long process at times, but he has learned a lot along the way. While he still deals with some aspects, he is living free from the rage that he once experienced. He is living alcohol free. He is consistently working to heal while sharing his experience with others and what he has learned.” Includes a 25 minute video interview with Dan Hayes about the process of recovery from childhood trauma in mid-life. The first step is remembering what the trauma actually was, which is often a puzzle for child abuse survivors.]
@goodthingz On Showing Your True Feelings (via @tinybuddha)
[SEO: “In her inspiring talk, Brené [Brown] explains how shame can be one of the biggest barriers to connection. If you believe there is something wrong with you — that you are somehow unworthy — you may hide who you are in fear of being judged and rejected.” Dr. Brené Brown is a University of Houston professor, and researches vulnerability, authenticity, and shame. This post includes her June 2010 TED talk (at end of post). You can follow her on Twitter @BreneBrown . See more on authenticity directly below.]
@psychcentral Relationships: Five Essential Steps to Authenticity
[SEO: “It’s not the fears per se that get us stuck or take over our brain’s higher thinking functions, however. It’s our fear of fear. This fear stems from not knowing how to stop our brain from thinking anxious thoughts that produce an anxious mind, or eventually a depressed or emotionally numb mind. At root, fear of intimacy is fear of knowing ourselves up close.” An in-depth look at components of authenticity, why it’s needed, what makes it work, and what doesn’t.]
@healingtrauma Estrangement Patterns: Effects of Trauma
[SEO: A discussion of why some people isolate and estrange themselves from family members, and why, depending upon the motivation for the estrangement, it can lead to other problems. “According to Bowen Theory, those who use emotional cutoff as a coping mechanism ironically often end up trying to replicate their prior relationships in their new ones in order to fill an emotional hole or make things ‘different this time.'”]