Feb 03 2012

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (02/03/12)

I am honored to have my Twitter feed 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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@Tamavista “Think you’re escaping
and run into yourself.
Longest way round is
the shortest way home.” ~ James Joyce


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder


@StevenHandel “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

@PsychDigest “The person you were always meant to become is waiting for you just on the other side of the things you fear.” ~ Tom Wright

@WisdomalaCarte “The only real person you need to know is you.” ~ Alice Cooper

@PsychCentral “Speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.” ~ Voltaire

@iamwun “We cannot be present and run our story-line at the same time.” ~ Pema Chodron

@soulseedz “From the perspective of responsibility, it’s always your move.”


Linked Tweets


@VA_PTSD_Info Returning home and coping with combat stress. Learn about issues facing returning troops. Hosted by Tom Brokaw.
[SEO:”These videos aim to help promote wellness in this returning group of veterans and to prevent chronic mental health issues resulting from combat and other war-zone stress. It is available both as a video for veterans, active duty service members and their families, as well as a version with provider perspectives.” At site, see link to either download the video or a transcript in .PDF format.]

@BobbiEmel Giving Up vs. Giving In: Is There A Difference? | Bounce Back: Develop Your Resiliency
[SEO: “Herein lies the common misunderstanding: letting go is not so much about giving up as it is about giving in. It’s not about just standing by, doing nothing, as your house goes into foreclosure. But it is about giving in to the reality of your current situation and letting go of judgments and expectations you might have about the outcome. … The trick is to be able to work toward your goals or out of a difficult situation without being completely locked into just one result being acceptable.”

@OneLifeTherapy If “Eternity Is Now” Then What Will You Do With It?
[SEO: “There’s a saying that you might have heard floating around a bit like that: ‘Eternity is now.’ If it’s true, then what will you do with this gift of now that’s somehow, miraculously, inexplicably, landed in your lap? This now. And this one.” Post discusses various therapies (existential, gestalt, mindfulness) that focus on the “now”, and asks what you will do with your moment of “now”, right now.]

@HealthyPlace Life Before and After the Diagnosis of Mental Illness
[SEO: “The person you were before, the person you are working to become, is still the same person, but accepting that it takes work to become well, to believe that you will, allows you to both merge your past and present. To become a whole person. A person defined by both times in your life.”]

@ssanquist 6 Ways to Stay Resilient in Stress (via Beyond Blue)
[SEO: “It’s an awful lot easier to stay resilient, even if you have a severe mood disorder, when you’re not encased in stress. When you have all that cortisol—the backstabber hormone—mucking around in all of your biological organs, staying sane is about as easy as getting off a chair lift for the first time, or so it feels.]

@SarahEOlson2009 Write Your Heart Out | The Gentle Self
[SEO: Post gives many reasons why writing/telling/sharing your story is valuable. This is just one of them: “Putting thoughts into words and words on paper has a meditative quality to it: Writing creates awareness of who we are and why we do certain things. It’s a way to explore and analyze the self, and we learn more about what drives us and what we want from life.”]

@Kkellbarnett “They Are A Part Of Who I Am”: A Reader’s Experience with Meds
[SEO: Post describes comments made by a reader answering specific questions about the when and why of starting/finishing psychiatric meds, and how the reader felt about using them, in terms of necessity, stigma, and outcomes. The reader has a very balanced viewpoint regarding a hot topic. The title is a bit misleading in that the meds which helped her to become who “she is” are part of her past. She states that she is no longer on psychiatric meds, with her psychiatrist’s blessings.]

@HealingToolKit Unbreakable Blog Helps Rape Victims Heal [through art]
[SEO: Sometimes a seemingly small idea resonates so strongly as to create a movement. “Grace Brown, a freshman photography student at New York’s School of Visual Arts, started her Tumblr blog, Project Unbreakable, in October, after a friend shared a story of sex abuse. Brown came up with the idea to photograph victims holding posters with quotes from their own attacks, featuring words said to them by their attackers.” Participants feel more empowered and can take back control over those words that have haunted them.]

@ssanquist Coping With A Stressful Situation: Manage Your Emotions
[SEO: “Whether you’re dealing with an emotional bully (see previous post about adult bullies) or other difficult situation, one of the first steps is to comfort yourself and manage your emotions. The part of the brain that is responsible for decision-making and planning cannot function as well when you are filled with emotion. Acting on emotions without the thoughtfulness of the logical part of the brain usually means trouble.” Post describes the “What Skills” and “How Skills” of mindfulness practice.]


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