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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@soulseedz “Hug everyone you meet,
even if just in your mind.
Start with yourself.”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@HealthyPlace “And we put a fake smile to hide the pain, yet we wish someone would look closely enough and see how broken we really are inside.” [unknown]
@PemaQuotes “In cultivating loving-kindness, we train first to be honest, loving, and compassionate toward ourselves.”
@zebraspolkadots “Knowing is the first step to changing. We must know where we are. Where we want to go and the path that will take us there.”
@soulseedz “There are things you can’t control, but you always retain your ability to reframe, reposition and respond from your highest perspective.”
@GuruQuotes “We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
@CarePathways “Today may you look inside if there is fear and decide to face it, and live your life knowing you are not the fear.”
In the News
@DrKathleenYoung October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
[SEO: Post links to a list of activities happening this month, and also includes links to Dr. Young’s previous posts dealing with various aspects of domestic violence.]
@HealthyPlace Mental Illness Awareness Week — Your Help Matters.
[SEO: A terrific round-up post with numerous links and ways in which you can help to raise awareness of mental illness.]
The Rest of the Best
@psychcentral 9 Myths and Facts About Therapy
[SEO: “Unfortunately, therapy still remains a shrouded subject, and many myths persist. The problem? These misunderstandings can prevent people from seeking help and getting better — and gives something valuable a bad name.”
When I first began therapy that was actually helping me, I had relatives who claimed (1) that my therapist was just trying to get my money, and (2) that my Psy.D therapist must be giving me drugs that were creating my “wild stories” about my childhood. Ignorance abounds! What’s important is that you don’t carry around these myths to avoid getting therapy when you need it.]
@mjdub Your Meds May Be Giving You Nightmares
[SEO: “If you’re taking ADHD drugs like Ritalin, antidepressants like Paxil and Prozac, or sleeping pills like Ambien — and a host of antibiotics, blood-pressure medications, antihistamines, and statins in between — that prescription could be giving you nightmares.” This post links to the original story in the Wall Street Journal. While PTSD often comes with its own nightmares, look first (with your prescribing doctor’s help) to identify — and possibly eliminate — any drugs that could be exacerbating your symptoms.]
@ssanquist Handling Depression at Work
[SEO: “With the right treatment plan, you probably will be able to manage working while undergoing depression treatment, and maybe even look forward to it.” Good advice on what to do while at work, and considerations about whether you need to tell co-workers about your depression.]
@DrCarlHindy How You Can Overcome Intrusive Thoughts
[SEO: “…[W]hen we try not to think of something part of the brain avoids the thought, but another part ‘checks in’ to make sure the thought is not coming up. Ironically, this ‘checking in’ to make sure the thought is not coming up, brings it to mind.” Describes five techniques to use “to suppress thoughts that intrude even when you are trying not to think them.”]
@HealthyPlace Making a Relationship Work When You Have Mental Illness (post and video)
[SEO: Discusses in depth (in the video) what this blogger believes are most important in any relationship: (1) educate your significant other about your particular mental illness; and (2) take responsibility for your own recovery and well-being.]
@thereseborchard 15 Ways To Alleviate Your Anxiety
[SEO: This blog’s focus is eating disorders, but this collection of strategies and links to help alleviate anxiety is good for anyone who deals with anxiety. “While anxiety seems incredibly overwhelming when you’re caught in its clutches, you can do so many things to minimize your anxiety. It’s a matter of learning some skills.”]