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 “There is only the present moment,
all else is distraction.”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@ShareAwakening “There is no more important step you can take than to define your life’s purpose. It develops your sense of belonging to our universe.” ~ Arnold P
@soulseedz “Acceptance does NOT mean being passive or submissive. It’s the choice for peace and non-judgment.”
@karenkmmonroy “Your certainty of what will happen prevents what can happen…”
@zebraspolkadots “Self love is no longer thinking I can ‘work it out’ with those who need me to somehow be wrong so they can be right.”
@StacyIgel “Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” ~ Unknown
@DrAthenaStaik “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ~ Gloria Steinem
@NAMIMass The Impact of Partner Anxiety on Your Relationship
[SEO: This post references a 2004 survey by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) that assessed the impact generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has on relationships, beginning with a list of findings regarding how GAD sufferers feel about themselves and their relationships.
“I think what struck me most about the above findings is the underlying guilt and shame that people with anxiety and panic disorders must feel about the way their illness affects their partners and the relationship as a whole. I often find that clients with anxiety fuel their own problem by blaming themselves for not being able to get past the fear and panic, which adds more stress, and puts them in a never-ending cycle.” Post then offers a list of what you, as the supportive partner, can do to help your partner with GAD. (If you’re the one with GAD give this post to your partner.)]
@psychcentral Before you move forward, you need to say goodbye to the past. Here’s how to let go so you can move on with your life.
[SEO: “Having mined your past for clues as to how you characteristically approach the ending of one thing — your high school days, your first love, that job you hated — you can learn what to anticipate as future transitions approach, and be better prepared to cope. …
“So here is the challenge presented by endings: As you stand on the cusp between this and that, here and there, make a conscious choice about “former me” and “becoming me,” between who you were and who you would like to be. Sure, you might not be able to fully discard all of the aspects of “former me” that you’d like to. And your notions about “becoming me” might be a tad overblown in the final analysis (New Year’s resolutions, anyone?). But it is the process of reflecting that is important. You are equipping yourself with important self-knowledge that is sure to help you through the current transition — and the next, and the next, and the next.”]
@natasha_tracy Myth: Psych Meds Are an Agent of Control
[SEO: “One of the myths about mental illness medication is that it is used to control its taker. In other words, by taking the pills prescribed by a psychiatrist you become a pliable, braindead lemming. So, let’s take a look at my pliable, braindead, lemming life.” … “When successfully medicated, you’re not a zombie, you’re a person. A person who can do whatever they like. They can mess up their life; they can succeed; they move forward; they can jump up and down. What they aren’t is controlled. The unsuccessfully treated illness controls a person far more than the medication ever could.”]
@patriciasinglet Why are We the Ones that Hide the Truth?
[SEO: Examines why abuse survivors are made to bear the brunt of a dysfunctional family’s shame and blame, which encourages deadly silence. “Why are our ‘secrets’ considered embarrassing? Why are we protecting our abusers?” The conversation continues in the comments.]
@NAMIMass How to Fight Mental Illness Stigma
[SEO: Article by Dr. Deborah Serani (@DeborahSerani), discusses origin of the word ‘stigma’, and how it can impact you if you have depression. “There are five levels of stigma that can affect your daily living experiences if you have depression. Stigmatizing beliefs occur on a personal level, in the general public, within professions, via labels and by associative connections.” She goes into each level in some depth.
“As you continue to educate yourself, make the leap to teaching others so that the myths of depression can be addressed. You will be creating a new reality, one that shows how living with depression is not something to be afraid of or shameful about.”]
@SarahEOlson2009 5 Quick Facts about Art Therapy
[SEO: “The very words ‘art therapy’ can sound abstract (no pun intended!), and many people have little understanding about its origins, principles and purpose. That can easily create myriad misconceptions. Here, we lay out five facts about art therapy.”]