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 “Create a reverse bucket list;
things you no longer want to wear each day;
such as seeking approval.
Life is too short.”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@DrAthenaStaik “An uncomfortable feeling is not an enemy. It’s a gift that says, ‘Get honest; inquire.'” ~ Byron Katie
@mjdub “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ rumi
@iamwun “Awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.” ~ Leonard Jacobson
@CarePathways “Try to clear the fog through which we often drift to see where you’re going, to make conscious choices instead of automatic ones.”
@chalkmessages “You matter. Your efforts matter. Your life matters. You are beautiful. You are loved.”
@Enlitacom “Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.” ~ A. Bronson Alcott
In the News
@DrAthenaStaik BBC News — America’s Child Death Shame — Child Abuse In US Has Reached Endemic Proportions
[SEO: “Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the US. The latest government figures show an estimated 1,770 children were killed as a result of maltreatment in 2009. A recent congressional report concludes the real number could be nearer 2,500. In fact, America has the worst child abuse record in the industrialised world. Why?”
Every five hours a child in the US dies from abuse or neglect. Think about how many more children live with the daily threat of dying from abuse or neglect.
@tlomauro 1 In 4 Children Exposed To Some Form Of Family Violence
[SEO: “Although children get exposed to violence between parents in a variety of ways, such as hearing it, getting told about, or seeing the consequences, the vast majority of exposed children — 90 percent — were direct eyewitnesses to at least one incident, according to the researchers.”]
The Rest of the Best
@HealthyPlace Stigma and Disclosure: Living Openly With Mental Illness (video)
[SEO: Are you open in your life about your mental illness? This video discusses public disclosure of your mental illness, and makes the point that the only way to fight stigma is to make that disclosure. (That it’s the silence and hidden shame surrounding mental illness that keeps us stuck, and keeps other people afraid.) On the other hand, other people’s ignorance and reliance upon stereotypes may render the decision to disclose a detrimental one. Be sure to read the comments. There are many considerations to going public.]
@SarahEOlson2009 10 Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person
[SEO: “Here are 10 things you definitely don’t want to say, a collection of the gems that I heard when well-intentioned people opened their mouths and said something really stupid to me the two years I was in sorry shape.” We’ve all heard these things said to us, or about us. This list offers why these stupid pieces of “advice” bother us.]
@OneLifeTherapy You Are Not A Machine: Remembering To Relax And Replenish
[SEO: “Sometimes, it’s as simple as remembering to breathe — consciously. Just coming to rest for a moment. Finding a quiet moment and being still. Absorbing whatever the moment has to offer — and letting there be moments that aren’t stuffed to the brim with “important,” “busy” stuff. Perhaps even letting some moments have the time to bring their gifts to you.”]
@NAMIMass Six Self-Care Steps for Partners (Applies to all family members/close friends too)
[SEO: “Developing new habits and being deliberate about making healthy choices that support your well being is an ongoing effort. It’s not a one-shot deal. No one else is going to wave the magic wand and make life easy, or eliminate all the excuses that are readily available. You have to decide that you, your partner, and your relationship are worth it.”]
@ssanquist Good News for Treatment-Resistant Depression
[SEO: “If you’re on an antidepressant and it’s not working, don’t give up on it: You may need a higher dose, a longer duration of therapy, a different drug altogether, or a combination of medications. That’s the important lesson to learn from a large, six-year, four-step government study called the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression trial, or STAR*D. In fact, the researchers found that systematically trying these treatment options can lead to a remission in symptoms in up to half of severely depressed, treatment-resistant patients.” See the post for a 9-point list of “take home messages” derived from this study. Whatever you do, don’t give up!]
@mjdub 3 Minute Therapy : Meditate the Stress Away (video)
[SEO: Music by Clannad, soothing and beautiful. If I could figure out how to put it on an endless loop, I’d probably have no problem falling asleep.]