Sep 30 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (09/30/11)

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 093011 Silent Bench at Sea

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@LillyAnn “Everything that will happen
belongs to the domain of the uncertain.
Live now.” ~ Seneca


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder


@Tamavista “The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.” ~ Sonya Friedman

@soulseedz “Our unresolved issues will continue to repeat themselves until we make a conscious choice to change the script.”

@Good_Therapy “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” ~ Thomas Edison

@back2incomplete “You will never know how great you can be until you push your own boundaries.”

@HealthyPlace “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr

@visityourself “For ways in which you’ve been harsh on yourself today, ask your own forgiveness.”


Linked Tweets


In the News


@Mindful_Living Invitation: Get Your Story Posted on the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog
[SEO: This is an open ongoing invitation to send to Dr. Goldstein “stories of mindfulness that can show the rest of us how it has had a practical impact on a particular event or their lives.” He intends to make this a weekly feature, if there is enough of a response. See the post for his very few requirements.]

@800273talk Journalists: Read this before you write another story about suicide
[SEO: Guidelines for journalists in what to do and say to responsibly report on suicide — which would behoove any of us who write about suicide to also pay attention. For the complete set of guidelines see The Media Guidelines for Safe Reporting on Suicide (PDF).]

@SarahEOlson2009 Psychiatric News Alert: Economic Recession Triggers More Abusive Head Trauma in Children
[SEO: Just one more data point in the many ways that declining opportunities in a bad economy can lead to increased levels of child abuse. Although the study specifically states it found no correlation between increased abusive head trauma and unemployment, increased unemployment is part and parcel of an economic recession. Those dots are easily connected.]

@psychcentral World Mental Health Day Blog Party, Oct 10th
[SEO: “Psych Central is proud to host the first blog party devoted to World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2011. Bloggers from around the world will come together on this day to help spread their stories and educate others about mental health concerns, decrease the prejudice and stigma that is often directed toward mental illness, and discuss things that help a person overcome their disorder or mental health concern.”

Your blog need not always focus on mental health issues to be able to participate. Also at this link is the official badge to add to your blog’s sidebar. On October 10th: “Tweet us @psychcentral to let us know about your blog entry, or email our special email address for this event: blogparty at psychcentral.com. Use the hashtag #mhblogday on your tweets.” I’m in! Are you?]


The Rest of the Best


@ssanquist Finding the Right Match With the Right Therapist
[SEO: These six questions to ask your therapist are subjective, in that there isn’t “one” answer to any of them. A lot depends upon how you honestly perceive both your therapist and your relationship with him/her. “Such feelings are important and you need to pay attention to them because studies have shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship contributes to how well therapy works.”

One of the commenters asks what I think should be the seventh question: How do you know if you’re the problem, or the therapist? In my experience, a good therapist is willing to discuss these questions openly, without defensiveness. In a good therapeutic relationship, it’s all part of the process.]

@goodthingz The 3 Vital Keys To Unlocking Yourself From Fear
[SEO: A step by step path to disarming fear that runs your life. It’s a very logical, intellectual exercise, which may be part of its point. “Living in fear feels bad — have you noticed? Decisions fueled by ‘I can’t’ and ‘I shouldn’t’ bring only confusion and dissatisfaction to our lives. We lose focus, let go of our dreams, and accept mediocre as good enough.”]

@arttherapy What Music Therapy Can Do for Health, Disability and Trauma
[SEO: A comprehensive overview of the many ways music therapy — teamed with new technology — can aid in learning, processing, focus, pain relief, and creativity. An interesting read, plus: “If you want to know more about music therapy, please visit the American Music Therapy Association’s (AMTA) newly redesigned website. Here you can find music therapy news stories and videos, fact sheets, bibliographies, music therapy publications and other products in our online store, and information on how to find your very own music therapist.”]

@psychcentral 5 Ways To Escape An Abusive Relationship
[SEO: Discusses in detail each of the following points: Acknowledge the existence of abuse; Reach out for help; Use a safe computer; Make every effort to address the underlying issues that led you to being in a dysfunctional relationship; and Get to the bottom of things. I don’t believe any of these points can be selectively ignored if you are in an abusive relationship.

It is vital to acknowledge, explore and heal what led you to this pattern. Otherwise, you are doomed to repeat it. [Emphasis in original] Take a break from relationships for a while. Taking the time to heal is so important. If you have children, they need time to recuperate from the trauma of witnessing abuse. It is normal for you to feel angry and sad, as well as regret that you left the abuser.”]

@NAMIMass What Is Anger Trying To Tell You About Your Life
[SEO: Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar’s posts always resonate for me. She writes in a sort of therapeutic stream-of-consciousness that provides a road map to get to her main point. In this case, if you can identify all the usual questions about the how’s and why’s of your anger, she then encourages you to consider the age of your anger, followed closely by what age would best help you start to resolve the anger issue at hand. (Meaning, were you six when something angered you so deeply it still affects you? Trying to resolve it with a six year old’s mindset probably leaves you still stuck.)

“[With practice,] next time anger’s upon you, you’ll have a better chance of really choosing your response — a response that brings you closer to resolving what hurt you in the first place — rather than just being captive to a knee-jerk reaction that often just keeps the damage going. … Right there, when all your buttons are being pushed, is exactly the time that something you really value is usually centre stage. So, in a way, anger is like a signpost, pointing directly to the moments, the values, that matter most to you.”


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