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Jul 22 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (07/22/11)

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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@LillyAnn “Every single moment of your life,
both of the understanding and of the will,
is a new beginning.”

 

Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

 

@CarePathways “If transformation in behavior is to occur in relevant and lasting ways, it must begin by recognizing past hurts and moving beyond hurtful patterns.”

@lizstrauss “Which means more to you — reaching that goal or the story that says you can’t get there?”

@soulseedz “Anxiety uses imagination to picture something you don’t want. Vision uses imagination to picture something you DO want.”

@DrAthenaStaik “Don’t limit yourself by telling others what you’re not; tell them what you are.” ~ Colin Wright

@zebraspolkadots “Being fed my truth by others kept me dependent on others for my truth. Ultimately I knew it wasn’t my truth because I wasn’t being set free.”

@LillyAnn “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.”

 

Linked Tweets

 

In the News

 

@NAMIMass Vets face shortage of therapists. New program training clinicians in psychology of combat attempting to fill gap.
[SEO: “The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 11 percent to 20 percent of veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from PTSD. Others think the number is higher. When vets seek therapy, they want a professional who can relate to soldiers in combat, and that usually means a therapist who has military experience. Without such empathy, therapy often is doomed, vets say.”

In 2002, I mentioned to my own therapist that the government needed to ramp up training of therapists for veterans. In 2002! The need was obvious then, but there are not now, and never have been, enough qualified therapists to deal with the magnitude of PTSD and TBI found in returning military. It’s beyond shameful. Why? “The latest statistics available from the VA show that each year about 6,500 veterans commit suicide; slightly more than 6,000 troops have died in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars since 2001.”]

 

The Rest of the Best

 

@MentalHelpNet Psychotherapy: Clarifying Some Misconceptions
[SEO: A good basic primer on what psychotherapy is, and is not, as well as addressing common misconceptions. If you’ve never been in therapy before and are skeptical about it, start here.]

@NAMIMass Your Partner is Not Their Diagnosis
[SEO: This post is not just for partners of people with mental illness. It makes the distinction between “I am depressed” vs. “I have depression.” I’ve never really considered the implications — of which there are many. “Describing your partner as the illness, instead of as having an illness, can make a subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) impact on both your and your partner’s perceptions of them, their capabilities, and their hope for recovery. It implies that the illness is woven into the fabric of your partner’s being, and that things will never improve.”

As a thought exercise, substitute any other disease instead of “I am depressed.” That would look something like “I am cancer.” Or “I am arthritis.” As the post states about mental illness, “The illness may be overshadowing everything else, but it is not their identity.”]

@AnnTran_ 5 Ways to Feel Empowered Each Day
[SEO: “The question we need to explore is not what we know but what we embrace and practice in our life on a daily basis.” This post is thoughtful and excellent in distilling some very complex means to personal empowerment.]

@DorleeM What Sherlock Holmes Can Teach Us About Mindful Decisions
[SEO: “We and our decisions both would be well served to take some of the famed detective’s advice, to go beyond seeing and into the realm of observing. Take note of what’s around you. Take note of how or why it affects you. You might not turn into an expert crime solver, but I guarantee, you’d be surprised at the difference it can make to the quality of your life and your decisions.”]

@psychcentral How Not To Become A Museum: Noticing Habits That Hold You Back
[SEO: “So it can be so easy to hang on to what worked before, long past its use-by date, and drag it into new places (where it can actually become more of a hindrance than a help to you), just because it started to feel ‘normal’ or comfortable. Or perhaps it even started to feel like ‘the way you are’.”]

@ssanquist 12 Ways to Keep Going
[SEO: “But what do you do on the days you don’t think you can take the pain anymore? When you want so badly to be done with your life … or at least be done with the suffering? What do you do when anxiety and depression have spun a web around you so thick that you’re convinced you’ll be trapped forever in those feelings?”

A discussion of twelve ways you can change how you think about the pain you are feeling. (Note: A few tips relate to religious expression and faith, which will be helpful if you are so inclined. If you are not religious, try to not discard the rest of this excellent post for that reason alone.)]

@psychcentral 10 Tips for Setting Boundaries Online
[SEO: “Overall, remember that your offline life isn’t the only one that requires boundaries. Creating margins around your comfort level is equally as essential for your time online. In fact, it makes sense: Both make up your world just the same.”]

 

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