Mar 02 2012

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

This week’s focus: Self-Injury Awareness Day and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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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Self Injury Awareness Day, March 1, 2012


@HealthyPlace What is Self Injury, Self Harm, Self Abuse? It’s Self-Injury Awareness Day. Get educated.
[SEO: “Self-injury, self-harm is when someone deliberately hurts or injures themselves. Self-injury is a coping mechanism and not an attempt at suicide.” Read this especially if you know someone who self-injures and wish to understand more about why he/she does it. Post contains links which discuss aspects of self injury in greater detail.]

@NAMIMass Depression and Non-Suicidal Self Injury (via Psychology Today)
[SEO: This detailed post describes aspects of self injury behaviors, including: “Symbolically speaking, deliberately injuring one’s self can be viewed as a method to communicate what cannot be spoken. With self-harm, the skin is the canvas and the cut, burn or bruise is the paint that illustrates the picture. Most individuals who self-injure have difficulties with emotional expression. This clinical experience is known as Alexithymia—the inability to recognize emotions and their subtleties and to understand or describe thoughts and feelings. Many other self-harmers are struggling with internal conflicts, may have anxiety, depression, experienced physical or sexual abuse, or other more serious psychological concerns.”

Includes a list of what self-harmers are trying to convey or do with their actions; and 10 tips to reduce self injury, its impact, or to get help if you are doing it.]

‏@HealthyPlace It’s National Self Injury Awareness Day. In video, Christie’s biggest fear? “I’ll never stop self-injuring.”
[SEO: “You may know her on youtube as ‘sullengirl.’ At 25, Christie has been engaged in self-injury for 12 years. In her guest post , she shares why she started self-injuring, her parents’ reaction to it, and tools she uses to reduce the urge to self-injure.” The video is well worth watching.]


National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


@angelaegambrel NEDA Week 2012: “Everybody Knows Somebody” | Surviving ED
[SEO: “National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2012 is this week. This year’s theme is ‘Everybody Knows Somebody.'” This post contains resource links and info for anyone with an eating disorder and/or their loved ones.]

@PsychCentral NEDA Week: Eating Disorders In Midlife
[SEO: “Even when it’s recognized that middle-aged women struggle with eating disorders, the talk almost always turns to cultural pressure. While there is increasing pressure for women to stay young and be slim, eating disorders are more complex than the desire for a certain silhouette.”]

@DrKathleenYoung New Blog post in honor of Love Your Body Day — Love Every Body
[SEO: “I have previously addressed how self-love, including loving your body, is often challenging for trauma survivors. Trauma can instead lead to body disconnection, discomfort or even hatred. The same may be true for transgender or gender variant people. What if you feel like your body has betrayed you? Or is not congruent with your gender identity? It is important to be aware that there are many different paths towards comfort within one’s body.”

Be sure to check out the entire post, which further discusses dieting and eating disorders; body policing and weight-based bullying; and information about approaches to health and well-being that are free from “weight-based assumptions and weight discrimination”.]

@HealthyPlace Eating Disorder Treatment Center and Facilities — including costs
[SEO: Another resource post with links and info about the types of treatment available; out-patient vs in-patient treatment; and the goals and costs.]


The Rest of the Best


@Good_Therapy EMDR Therapy and Getting Past Your Past: Francine Shapiro – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
[SEO: [Disclaimer: I’ve never tried EMDR, but I know people who have, and it was helpful to them.] While the opening paragraph is about a Continuing Education class happening today (03/02/12), the rest of the post by Francine Shapiro (the creator of EMDR) describes progress made in treating Complex PTSD with EMDR; and 20 research studies done over the years on its efficacy. She also discusses her new book Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy (Amazon link).

“A study with multiply traumatized combat veterans found that after 12 sessions, 78% no longer had PTSD. Similar results (77%) were reported after up to 12 sessions with multiply traumatized civilians (Marcus et al., 1997, 2004). While childhood abuse victims may need additional treatment, happily each disturbing memory does not have to be processed separately because processing one representational memory can generalize to other similar events.”]

@HealthyPlace Check out The Migraine Blogger, @emilyguzan, if you’re dealing with migraines
[SEO: This link points to a very handy “start here” index of top posts for That M Word: A Migraine Blog.]

@Good_Therapy 50 Warning Signs of Questionable Therapy and Counseling (via @ssanquist)
[SEO: This is a 2008 post, but the info is evergreen. If you’re new to therapy, you may not even be aware that certain behaviors are red flags. Educate yourself, and be your own best advocate.]


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