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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@Carlolight “There is nothing to do.
Just be. Do nothing. Be.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta
Some Tweets to Ponder
@zebraspolkadots “Creating change is first making a decision then making the decision to keep making the choice. Not easy but not rocket science.”
@healthyplace “We’re constantly being told what other people think we are, and that’s why it is so important to know yourself.” ~ Sarah McLachlan
@Jaki_Bent “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust
@AncientProverbs “If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s okay. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.” ~ Confucius
@StevenHandel “If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.” ~ Don Ward
@CoryBooker “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales
In the News
@heykim Japan marks the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands
[SEO: The resilience of the Japanese people is remarkable. This last year must have seemed like several lifetimes to many of them. This would also be true for just about anyone caught up in natural disasters around the globe: floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought. The trauma experienced, both individually and collectively, doesn’t fade away when the TV cameras leave.]
@HealingPTSD A huge — and hugely disturbing — jump
[SEO: “A report released Thursday found suicides among U.S. Army personnel rose 80% between 2004 and 2008. … ‘The 2008 rate [of mental health problems in personnel] indicates that more than one-fifth of all active duty soldiers had an ambulatory visit for a mental health disorder, implying a prevalent public health problem,’ the authors wrote. They called suicides ‘the tip of the mental health iceberg.'”]
@PsychFoundation As The Hunger Games movie premiere draws close it’s interesting to look at the mental health themes
[SEO: This is a post from @dontcallmesybil’s Dissociative Living blog. (The blog is no longer active but if you have dissociative issues, Dissociative Living‘s archives are well worth reading). “It’s a dystopian tale, set in an oppressive, violent, and nearly hopeless future. I’d recommend it solely because it’s a gripping, invigorating read but as someone with both Dissociative Identity Disorder and PTSD, there’s something special about The Hunger Games that impresses me: its remarkably deft portrayal of the immediate and long-term effects of trauma.”
I’m nearly finished reading it. The story, in brief: As punishment for rebellion 74 years ago, the Capitol requires each of 12 districts to offer up two children via lottery as tributes to fight to the death in an annual contest. Not only must the people supply the children, but they are forced to watch (it’s true ‘reality TV’), and even to celebrate. PTSD issues abound. But chaos theory rules when one small, seemingly innocuous thing possibly sets in motion a stunning reversal. I don’t know how it ends yet, but the books strongly resonate for me. NOTE: Not recommended for child abuse survivors in early stages of recovery.]
The Rest of the Best
@healthyplace Does Therapy Really Work? and How to Get Started
[Part of a multi-page series on Talking Treatments for Mental Health, this page discusses why therapy may work for some people, and not for others. Also, info on different types of therapists, and how to find one that’s a good fit for you.]
@Good_Therapy For those who suffer from migraines, some excellent recommendations from Doctor Tracy Stein
[SEO: Discusses migraine symptoms; the circular relationship of stress and migraines; and how biofeedback can be a complementary/alternative medicine treatment.
“Because the goal of biofeedback typically involves decreasing tension and increasing feelings of calm, the technique is often combined with relaxation training including slow, deep breathing, guided imagery or hypnosis, or elements of cognitive behavioral therapy. When a person is able to use these approaches to reduce stress or pain, the feedback from the computer, which is fairly immediate, signals ‘success’ to the person.”]
@paredesgisa 50% of people with a Mental Illness are smokers. Many don’t want to be. Here’s how to quit smoking.
[SEO: Post discusses nicotine replacement treatments; additional medications to treat tobacco addiction; and behavioral treatments to quit smoking. “[Behavioral] interventions teach individuals to recognize high-risk smoking situations, develop alternative coping strategies, manage stress, improve problem-solving skills, as well as increase social support. Research has also shown that the more therapy is tailored to a person’s situation, the greater the chances are for success.”]
@zebraspolkadots Snap the Worthlessness Trap: You Are Talented and Worth Your Life (Despite What Your Childhood Suggested) (via Guess What Normal Is)
[SEO: Written from the point of view of a child abuse survivor, a lot of this applies to survivors of any type of ongoing abusive behavior.
“Once we survive our childhoods, we come out wired funny as a result of the survival skills we honed. We come out, come into adulthood, wired for battle, wired for protecting others from uncomfortable truths. Those tools, however, aren’t tools that can support finding our truth or building true contentment. To build contentment, we have to first win our battle with the belief that we don’t have a right to it. We struggle with the belief that we don’t deserve better, deserve more, deserve different than what we got.” Includes helpful tips, which are really achievable goals.]