Jan 13 2012

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (01/13/12)

I am honored that my Twitter feed was included in this list of 50 Best Twitter Feeds for Psychology Majors! Go check out the other 49, broken out into these categories: News; Organizations; Patients; and Professionals.

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 01/13/12 Sight-seeing telescope

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@Carlolight “Above all else
I want to see things differently.”
~ A Course in Miracles


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder


@WisdomalaCarte “Your standard of living somehow got stuck on survive.” ~ Jewel

@PsychDigest “Your core values should be the blueprint for everything else in your life. Recognize what your values are.”

@SarahEOlson2009 “It’s funny how we feel so much but cannot say a word. We are screaming inside, but can’t be heard.” ~ Sarah McLachlan #FavoriteLyricOfAllTime

@EFTdoc “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” ~ Arnold Bennett

@CarePathways “That’s right. You have a part of you that has never been wounded.”

@Mindful_Living “Be passionate about what you do, treat others with compassion, and take actions to make the world a better place.” ~ The late Shirley Levine


Linked Tweets


@pourmecoffee This Denver Post photo essay of Scott Ostrom’s battle with PTSD is fantastic, and brutal to read.
[SEO: For veterans, and for anyone struggling to understand how PTSD manifests in daily life. This is a series of 49 photos, each with a paragraph caption, of former Marine Brian Scott Ostrom, who’s been dealing with the aftermath of his service in Iraq for the last six years. Note: The symptoms he describes are not unique to war veterans. They are unique to anyone dealing with PTSD from whatever cause.]

@Dr_StevenG Preserving Mental Health During Unemployment (via @drmelanieg)
[SEO: “Many psychological variables are adversely affected by unemployment, including perceived control, belief in one’s own competence or self-efficacy, self-esteem, identity, life satisfaction, and sense of meaning and purpose in life.” All of this is made even more difficult if you are also dealing with PTSD. Having a support structure in place if you are unemployed — or fear your job might vanish — is priceless. Seek help before you think you need it.]

@Mindful_Living Whether you’ve done this before or not, take a minute to become present
[SEO: A guided exercise in mindfulness by Dr. Elisha Goldstein. “This short mindfulness practice is meant to be sprinkled throughout the day to support you in becoming more present, reducing stress, and being more effective in every day life.”]


@DrAthenaStaik A Key Aspect of Being Authentically You — Identifying Your Triggers
[SEO: “Awareness is key when it comes to living — and loving — authentically. A key aspect of awareness is getting to know, and understand your self and life around you, and one thing that involves is being aware of what triggers you.” Includes a writing exercise to help identify triggers. If you are in therapy or feeling especially vulnerable, don’t do this without some support lined up.]

@SarahEOlson2009 How to Train Your Brain to Alleviate Anxiety
[SEO: Read the entire article; it’s both fascinating and important. What you think and focus on physically alters your brain. Includes three anxiety-alleviating practices to try. Here are just a few snips from the post. “…Individuals who are constantly stressed (such as acute or traumatic stress) release cortisol, which in another article Hanson says eats away at the memory-focused hippocampus. People with a history of stress have lost up to 25 percent of the volume of their hippocampus and have more difficulty forming new memories.

“The opposite also is true. Engaging in relaxing activities regularly can wire your brain for calm. Research has shown that people who routinely relax have ‘improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient,’ Hanson writes. … Also, over time, people who engage in mindfulness meditation develop thicker layers of neurons in the attention-focused parts of the prefrontal cortex and in the insula, an area that’s triggered when we tune into our feelings and bodies.”

“Other research has shown that being mindful boosts activation of the left prefrontal cortex, which suppresses negative emotions, and minimizes the activation of the amygdala, which Hanson refers to as the ‘alarm bell of the brain.'”]

@psychcentral Introducing a new blog: “Bounce Back: Develop Your Resiliency”
[SEO: “Resiliency is a key psychological trait that differentiates people who can overcome adversity with only a dip, and those where adversity throws them into a state of stress, feeling overwhelmed, or even depression. That’s why it’s a key trait to learn more about and cultivate in your own life.”

Here’s the direct link to “Bounce Back: Develop Your Resiliency. It “will cover key concepts such as: learning how to gain perspective and ultimately acceptance over events and things that happen in life; looking for the hidden gifts in seeming adversity; learning not to resist; and becoming comfortable with failure including seeing the lessons it provides.”


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