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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@Tamavista “If you understand everything,
you must be misinformed.” ~ Zen
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@DeeLin76 “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~ Nido Qubein
@PemaQuotes “But at this point, for most of us, our thoughts are very tied up with our identity, with our sense of problem and our sense of how things are.”
@LillyAnn “When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.”
@RemarkableProj “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” ~ George S. Patton
@DepressionForum “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” ~ John Maxwell
@soulseedz “Your integrity will attract more support, love, guidance and resources than you ever dreamed.”
In the News
@StopItNow New Report Reveals Adult Views on Child Sexual Abuse
[SEO: You can download the complete report, as well as supporting documents. From the Briefing Sheet, a kind of good news/bad news:
- Knowledge and awareness is high.
Awareness, concern and knowledge about child sexual abuse is relatively high among U.S. adults. The majority of respondents know that people who sexually abuse live in their communities, are mostly known to the child, and are often other children themselves.
- Action falls short of awareness and good intentions.
There is a disconnect between widespread adult awareness and concern over the issue of child sexual abuse and the low-level of recognition of situations in people’s daily lives and among their own relationships.]
@SarahEOlson2009 Need Mental Health Treatment in Two Weeks? Fat Chance
[SEO: In a research project involving Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Preferred Provider Plan, “one of the best health plans available in Massachusetts” — and mine) researchers created a real-world experiment to understand how hard or easy it was to get access to timely mental health treatment when they posed as patients with severe depression who needed care within two weeks. “The researchers telephoned all 64 Blue Cross Blue Shield in-network psychiatric facilities within 10 miles of the center of Boston.”
The results? Only 6% of the patients were given an appointment within two weeks. Worse, 23% of calls were never returned, even with two phone messages, and 23% were told they needed to have a primary care provider within their network to be treated. This is a colossal fail for Blue Cross Blue Shield — but I’d bet it’s no better with other insurers. Shameful.]
The Rest of the Best
@tlomauro Scheduling ‘worry time’ may help you fret less (via @msnbc)
[SEO: “By compartmentalizing worry — setting aside a specific half-hour period each day to think about worries and consider solutions, and also deliberately avoiding thinking about those issues the rest of the day — people can ultimately help reduce those worries, research has shown. “When we’re engaged in worry, it doesn’t really help us for someone to tell us to stop worrying,” said Tom Borkovec, a professor emeritus of psychology at Penn State University. “If you tell someone to postpone it for a while, we are able to actually do that.” Learn the four steps involved in ‘stimulus control therapy’ to reduce worrying.]
@LillyAnn Improving Your Reactions to Mishaps from the Inside Out (via @tinybuddha)
[SEO: “Anxiety is something I know all too well. I often allow small and insignificant disruptions to cause me a lot of distress. I blow things out of proportion; I know this. … I remembered a friend telling me that all you have to do to start over, to ‘begin again,’ is to inhale and exhale with purpose and awareness.”]
@arttherapynews When Art Heals
[SEO: “You don’t have to be Van Gogh or Mozart. Letting your hands play eases depression, aging, and stress.” A one-stop index to 21 articles about various types of art (music, writing, crafts, painting, photography, etc), and how using them can be therapeutic and help you heal.]
@goodthingz 3 Forms of Radical Relaxation
[SEO: “The most difficult part of radical relaxation isn’t the actual practice of movement, stillness, or breathing. It’s breaking out of our habitual attachment to non-relaxing forms of ‘relaxation.'”]
@psychcentral Is it worth the potential discomfort to get a good therapist? Should you share your therapist with a friend?
[SEO: Therese Borchard offers a reason why you might want to share your therapist with a friend: you want her to see someone good. But, as she says, it sometimes gets messy. The therapist gets so busy that you must change your preferred time to accommodate your friend. Or, you have a falling out with that friend, and your therapist is in the middle of that problem. (See more examples of “messy” — and a few successes — in the comments.)]
@SarahEOlson2009 Healing The Emptiness Inside You
[SEO: I really like how Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar writes. In this post, she discusses how a bowl’s emptiness is part of its true essence, which I’d never really pondered before. She takes that notion and applies it to the emptiness within us, and why the rush to fill that emptiness with something — sometimes anything — detracts from our own essence.
“But if you automatically cram the emptiness full and evade the anxiety that it can bring, do you also bury the lessons that it can teach? Perhaps, a little like the bowl, emptiness is sometimes part of our essence? Perhaps it’s important to be ‘blank’ for a while? Resting, before you move into the next phase of your life.”]