Oct 27 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (10/27/11)

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 102811 No Masks

“No Masks” photo credit

@Tamavista “You can’t wake a person
who is pretending to be asleep.” ~ Navajo


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder


@Pandys “In order to heal my wounds, I must have the courage to face them.” ~ Paulo Coelho

@Tao23 “No amount of devotion will make the untrue true. Always question, always investigate, never have all the answers.”

@DrAthenaStaik “Your emotions say about where you are in relation to where you want to be. Are you listening to understand?”

@karenkmmonroy “There is cold silence and peaceful silence … mistaking one for the other triggers loud.”

@Tamavista “Stress is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~ Tao

@DrJeffHowlin “It is not I who create myself, rather I happen to myself.”


Linked Tweets


@ssanquist How to Find a Therapist that is the ‘Right Fit’ for You
[SEO: “Even though evidence has shown that therapy can dramatically improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems, clients need to find a therapist that is not only qualified, but a good fit.” Good basic info here to help you find that person.]

@HealthyPlace Stop Minimizing Mental Illness: Worst Things to Say.
[SEO: There’ve been several articles of this nature lately, perhaps because so many otherwise intelligent people still don’t get it. This post covers all the bases, and then some. Give it to anyone in your life who needs a nudge (or a push) toward thinking about their personal biases regarding mental illness. Or maybe … that person is you?]

@Mindful_Living A Brief Insight into Everything
[SEO: Includes a 5 step mindfulness process to “then practice to get a front row seat into how your mind works.”

“How does this give us a brief insight into everything? When you come to think of it the mind reacts in the same way to everything. There’s always a stimulus, whether it’s a new project at work, a fight with your friend, or the feeling of the sunshine splashing on your face on a cool fall day. The mind then reacts with a story about that stimulus that then leads to new feeling states. If you know this, it can help pop you out of the auto-pilot reaction and not take your reactions too seriously.”]

@HealthyPlace I Choose Anger Instead of Depression
[SEO: I can admit this makes me a bit queasy, which is a reason I needed to include it here, because I think other people have the same struggles. I grew up with anger issues (mine and my abusers’), and got into trouble for it. Because I didn’t understand my childhood context, anger was scary and punishing. Depression, still, seems so much safer. This post makes a case, with an important caveat, for using the energy and heat of anger to do constructive things, like writing, chores, and errands.

The caveat: “Now don’t get me wrong, I can’t actually get mad at anyone or anything because that would be unfair, and dare I say, crazy, but I can use that heat to move a little from the couch.” Well, that’s been a problem for me with anger. The reaction in the comments is mixed and interesting.]

@SarahEOlson2009 Was Sybil Faking Multiple Personalities?
[SEO: Ohhhh, where to start? This post by Dr. John Grohol covers very well what was already known about controversy over Sybil. (Meaning, much of this is old news.) I have a few personal observations.

  • In the last 20 years, I’ve met (online and in person) about 300 diagnosed multiples. I’ve yet to meet one who didn’t outright wonder if they were making it all up, myself included. It would be so much easier, so much less painful, so much a relief to NOT be dealing with this chaos and anguish. Wondering — or even wishing it — doesn’t make it so.
  • My therapist once said to me, “People who are diagnosed with DID [dissociative identity disorder] spend a lot of time trying to convince me they are ‘truly crazy’, as opposed to being multiple. People who are really crazy just don’t care.”
  • As noted in the convo on Twitter about this, Sybil’s story says much more about boundary violations, than about the validity of the diagnosis. MPD/DID was known many years before Sybil was born. Whatever Sybil did, or her therapist did, does not in any way challenge the validity of my diagnosis, or anyone else’s.
  • This seems to only happen in mental health. So substitute the word “cancer”. Does the person who rips everyone off by lying about their cancer to falsely obtain donations suddenly make everyone else’s cancer diagnosis suspect? Have all those other cancer patients been duped by their doctors, too? Think, people.]

@OneLifeTherapy Can Diet Diminish Depression? Helping Your Body Help Your Mind
[SEO: “So what kind of building blocks have you been giving [your body] lately? Some mental health researchers think all of this matters – a lot. Some feel that the quality of food you eat could be linked to the mental health problems you might face in the years ahead. Others point to common deficiencies in our current western diet, like Omega-3s (which are “related to a number of biological processes that have been found to be associated with depression“). And some highlight the dietary substances you can avoid to potentially ease depression and/or its symptoms ….”]

@HealthyPlace Saturday Night Live’s Darrell Hammond’s Painful Past. Truthful. Painful to watch too.
[SEO: The tweet says it all. A man who’s made millions of us laugh, was often crying inside. And he has the strength to share that with the world.]


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