This week’s focus: Mental Health in the News
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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“You’re not obligated to win.You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” ~ Marion Wright Edelman
— HealthyPlace (@HealthyPlace) February 18, 2012
Some Tweets to Ponder
If it’s real for me, do I have to prove it to you? – Bad Religion bit.ly/opy0d
— Daniel K. Foisy (@WisdomalaCarte) February 23, 2012
To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. – Nisargadatta
— Carl Barbarotto (@Carlolight) February 23, 2012
Moving forward is about acknowledging the past, but gently let the invisible cord of the past go, and move toward a better future.
— Mary Kay Evans LCSW (@CarePathways) February 21, 2012
In the News
@MentalHealthV Alabama Plans to Close Most Hospitals for Mentally Ill
[SEO: “The decision to close four hospitals and lay off 948 employees is a bleak reminder of Alabama’s shrinking budget. But it is also the latest example in a longstanding national effort among states to relocate mentally ill patients from government hospitals to small group homes and private hospitals.”
See also Psychiatric Patients With No Place to Go But Jail (Chicago)]. These aren’t isolated occurrences. As states face increasing revenue shortfalls, mental health services will be among the first to go.]
@SarahEOlson2009 FDA Adds Metabolic Warnings to Fanapt
[SEO: If you take the atypical antipsychotic Fanapt, it now includes warnings that it may cause “hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and weight gain”. Translation: diabetes, cholesterol issues, and everything else that comes with unwanted weight gain. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any atypical antipsychotic. These “side effects” are in themselves life threatening down the road. There may be better choices.]
@Tao23 The Boy Scouts officially handle sex abuse on the Catholic church model
[SEO: [It’s also the Penn State model.] “The lawsuit contends the Scouts knew or should have known the leader put the boy at risk and cites a Scout executive’s reluctance to call police as evidence of an effort to conceal widespread sexual abuse.
“‘He said that wasn’t necessary, because the Scouts do their own internal investigation,’ said the boy’s mother…. ‘I thought that was really weird. … I thought it was really important to call the sheriff right away.'” And so, she did. In his next tweet, @Tao23 stated: “Bottom line, any person or organization that says ‘don’t call police about the sex abuse of your kid’ is complicit in child rape.”]
@PauleyP A SuperStar’s full domestic abuse report here. PLEASE do NOT go back to your attackers for any reason
[SEO: Perez Hilton is a gossip site, but in this case he includes the actual court document filed by Rihanna (aka Robyn F.) in her domestic abuse complaint against Chris Brown. It’s very detailed and disturbing. It’s also totally commonplace that women treated this way go back to their abusers. Rihanna recently eased up on her restraining order against Chris Brown so they could both attend award shows, plus they are now collaborating musically. Do not look to Rihanna as a role model — other than for what not to do — if you are in an abusive relationship.]
@SuePeaseBanitt PTSD…And Cash
[SEO: “The Army removed Colonel Dallas Homas, commander of Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state, on Tuesday from his post because of an investigation into whether post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnoses were reversed solely to reduce medical costs on his watch.” ….
“…[T]he real travesty here is how this story will undoubtedly add uncertainty to the fate of soldiers being medically discharged. Service members quickly grow weary of telling their trauma stories to multiple layers of therapists, often to three or more counselors, before a final decision is made. If at every stage of the process the service member is rightly questioning the ultimate motivations of the examiner, the process loses all credibility. Most critically, those who have served their country with distinction can get caught up in the insanity and be refused benefits they deserve.”]
The Rest of the Best
@HealthyPlace Starting New Antidepressant Can Make Depression Worse Before It Gets Better
[SEO: “It takes patience to get the payoff from antidepressants. Two to four weeks is generally the minimum to see any improvement, and it may take up to six months to get the full benefit of a new depression drug.” This is true whether trying an antidepressant for the first time or switching to a new one, and can be quite discouraging. As the blogger also points out, don’t just stop any antidepressant suddenly, for any reason. The side effects from doing that can be horrific.]
@800273TALK Have you thought about starting a journal? Here’s how to get started.
[SEO: “Journaling is a profound — and simple — way to get to know yourself better. To figure out what makes you tick. What makes you happy. What makes you defensive. What makes you giggle or grateful or grieve. What makes you who you are. Quite simply, it’s a great tool to help you grow.” Includes helpful writing prompts and tips if you don’t know where to start.]
@NAMIMass Fight for Your Right to Behavioral Health Benefits
[SEO: Written by Carol McDaid, Co-Chair of the Parity Implementation Coalition, she discusses her three year battle to get insurance payment for benefits required by law for addiction and mental health services. “If you or a loved one have been unable to get your insurance to pay for addiction or mental health treatment, please share your story.”
“I’ve been in the halls of Congress fighting this fight since 1993. …. I intend to fight this fight as long as it takes to end insurance discrimination against people suffering from addiction and mental illness. But, to be successful, we need your stories and a collective sense of outrage.” Share your personal parity story by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
@natasha_tracy Have You Had ECT? Help Me Create a List of Hospitals that Offer ECT
[SEO: Natasha Tracy is compiling a list of treatment centers that include ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), and is asking for your help in making it more complete. The post includes the list to date; if you know of other ECT resources, let her know in the comments to her post. And if you’re looking for those services, this appears to already be the go-to list to find them.]