This Week in Focus: Veterans’ Issues
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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@PemaQuotes “Don’t worry about achieving.
Don’t worry about perfection.
Just be there each moment
as best you can.” ~ Pema Chödrön
Some Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@johnhaydon “Your story is always being told, regardless of whether or not you decide to be the writer and director.”
@shipsofsong “It is yours to project light into darkness, not to fight it, not to attack it, but to enlighten it.”
@healthyplace “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” ~ Maya Angelou
@WisdomalaCarte “Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?” ~ Maurice Maeterlinck
@PsychDigest “The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you’ve been holding on to.”
@rcinstitute “TruthfulTuesday: real empowerment always begins by facing the truth about yourself & your world.”
@VA_PTSD_Info March is Women’s History Month. Learn about the VA’s commitment to female Veterans.
[SEO: A good resource page discussing the VA’s mental health programs specifically for women veterans.]
@HealingPTSD A truly excellent story about the cost of injury to service members and their families
[SEO: San Antonio is home to a primary burn/critical care hospital for returning military who are grievously wounded. A nephew of a friend of mine was terribly wounded in Afghanistan, and sent to San Antonio. His family was told that if he lived, he would be there up to two years with numerous surgeries and physical therapies. (He’s been there two months now.)
According to this article, more soldiers wounded in the last decade both (a) survive more heinous injuries and (b) have young children at home, than was the case with Vietnam vets. With limited resources, often the entire family moves to San Antonio to be there with the injured parent. The children are uprooted from everything familiar, fearful of how their injured parent will have changed, missing time with the parent who did not deploy, dealing with new schools, etc. The issues facing these families, and their children, are enormous.]
@PTSDandYOU Does Army overturn PTSD diagnoses to save money? “Over 50K folks,” have done 4 tours. Army Sec. McHugh: SO?
[SEO: “‘Not only is it damaging for our soldiers, but it also really furthers the stigma for others that are — whether they’re deciding to seek help or not today,’ [Senator] Murray said.”
“Since 2007, more than 40 percent of the cases involving candidates for retirement had been overturned, according to statistics cited by Murray. Of the 1,680 patients screened at Madigan, more than 690 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The psychiatric team reversed more than 290 of those diagnoses.”]
@SarahEOlson2009 Psychiatric News Alert: War Veterans Unfairly Mislabeled as “Dangerous”
[SEO: “The idea of the ‘dangerous’ war veteran, disabled by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), appears to be making a comeback. A staple of popular media and public opinion after the Vietnam War, the image has only minimal basis in reality but still hampers job prospects for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. …”]
@DCoEPage DCoE webinar Q: Can civilians get these TBI tools? A: DCoE has exhaustive list of resources available for download [at this link].
[SEO: This link above was tweeted following a webinar about traumatic brain injury (TBI). Other webinar tweets by @DCoEPage included:
- Brody shows study of 968 veterans, median 2.5 years after deployment: 47-70% w/ mild TBI also had symptoms of PTSD.
- Lattimore shares need to educate the civilian population (as well as military) on what a concussion is and why it matters.
- Military TBI incidence –> 233,425 clinician diagnosis 2000-2011 via DVBIC. Learn more about #’s and FAQ.
The downloads at the top link are mostly technical, but are available for free for anyone who wants or needs more detailed information about various aspects of traumatic brain injury.]
The Rest of the Best
@healthyplace 381+ exclusive Mental Health videos on our youtube site
[SEO: A treasure trove of videos from real people discussing issues pertaining to their particular mental illness. All you need to do is use the channel’s search box to specify your interest (i.e., depression, eating disorder, adhd, bipolar, etc.]
@dylansmoosie 96 Percent of Children Who Report Sexual Abuse Are Telling the Truth | The Philly Post
[SEO: Discusses distinctions between pedophiles and child molesters with Michael Stinson, director of prevention services at the Peters Institute, which focuses on “… sexual abuse, tries to counsel sex offenders and educate the public to prevent further victims”. Discusses what signs to look for if you think your child is withholding information about being abused, and what to say/how to react if a child tells you that he/she is are being abused.]
@heykim Check out the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 big earthquake and tsunami through children’s eyes (video)
[SEO: A project co-sponsored by UNICEF, Japanese children were given cameras eight months after the two disasters to photograph their changed world. As the narrative says, it becomes a kind of art therapy for them to express their feelings.]
@800273TALK Read the 7 myths people have about therapy
[SEO: A good basic rebuttal to seven common misconceptions people have about talk therapy: My childhood doesn’t matter; All therapists are the same; I don’t need therapy, just drugs; It’s not going to work; It’s too expensive; It’s going to send me over the edge; and I don’t have time.]
@NAMIMass Transforming Trauma: From No Words To Your Words
[SEO: This is lengthy, but excellent, and not just for couples. “Central to healing in the aftermath of a traumatic event is the transformation of trauma’s unspeakable imprint to a story that can be told without reliving it.”
“Understanding how trauma leaves us without words may make it easier to consider ways that can help unlock the story hidden in visual images, painful feelings, flashbacks, bodily symptoms or silent avoidance. Both are important steps toward finding your words and continuing your story.”]