Apr 13 2012

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (04/13/12)

This week’s focus: music as therapy, and good to know info

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.

Please Share My Stuff! You can now “like” and “share” this post everywhere with the touch of a button or two at the end of the linked tweets! Feel free to do any or all of that! (And thanks.)

Best Tweets 041312 Tulips

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@Tamavista “It is not enough
to be compassionate.
You must act also.” ~ Tao


‏Some Tweets to Ponder


@DennyCoates “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

@Tamavista “To make dreams real, you must wake up sometimes.” ~ Kitamori

@visityourself “Have you shut yourself out of your own heart? Would you exile a friend for the same ‘crime’?”

@LillyAnn “Maybe the key to happiness is to focus less on making moments last and more on making them count.” ~ @lori_deschene

@healthyplace “In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” ~ Charlie Brown


Linked Tweets


The Role of Music in Healing


‏@KimbersP Music And Health: 11 Ways Playing And Listening To Music Help Both Body and Mind (via Huffington Post)
[SEO: A slideshow with each page discussing how music impacts people in various beneficial ways. Excellent!]

@mjdub Canon in D (flute and piano) (youtube)
[SEO: As a personal example of music’s benefits, 20 years ago when I was in some very dark places, I listened to Pachelbel’s Canon in D in a continuous loop, especially late at night. It was evidence of beauty in a world which was exceedingly ugly at that time. It was the only thing that helped me fall asleep, and saved my sanity. I found this version in my tweet stream last night… just closed my eyes, relaxing, stress falling away from me. The music is so calming, affirming, peaceful, and truly exquisite in places.

All this to say, if you don’t have some music in your life that inspires similar responses in you, look for it. Use it for whatever benefits you can derive from it.]


Below is my favorite full orchestral version of Canon in D by the Boston Pops, with John Williams conducting. Just gorgeous. (youtube)


Good to Know


‏@healthyplace Antipsychotic Drugs, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
[SEO: A good primer in the risks inherent in atypical antipsychotic meds, and their very real risk of causing weight gain leading to diabetes. If you continue on to the second page link, it lists the current atypical antipsychotics, and the risks attached to each of them. Be an informed patient, and your own best advocate.]

@800273TALK If mental illness is keeping you from holding down a job, this article will help you take control of your money
[SEO: For people in the USA, this post describes what Social Security Disability Insurance is about, for whom, and how to apply for it. “When mental illness SSDI claims are awarded, it’s because the claimant has a strong support network, a solid case supported by their doctors and extensive medical documentation, and a healthy dose of perseverance.” Most people are denied in their first attempt to claim benefits. Don’t give up, and get some expert help if at all possible.]


The Rest of the Best


@patriciasinglet It’s been exactly 4 years since i tried to die
[SEO: A very open, achingly honest recounting by Fragmentz, of her suicide attempt and the long road back to today, which isn’t perfect, but is hopeful for the future.]

@800273TALK Got 5 minutes? That’s all the time you need to relax your body, soothe anxiety and cope with stressful thoughts.
[SEO: “No matter how busy you are, you can find five minutes or fewer in your day to take better care of yourself.” These five things include (with more detailed explanations): practice 3-3-6 breathing; give yourself some PEACE (acronym for steps); use distraction; give your partner a long hug; and meditate.]

@ssanquist Ten Steps of Acceptance — When Forgiving Is Not the Best Option
[SEO: We get lots of talk about how forgiveness is necessary to move on, to heal, to let go. This post is based on a book by Dr. Janis A. Spring, How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To (Amazon link), which I’ve not read but plan to.

“Drawing from her clinical work with couples dealing with infidelity, she notes there are at least ten interconnected steps for the betrayed person to take in self-directing their healing. These steps can also be universally applied to traumatic experiences and situations other than infidelity.” In this post, each step includes links for further study. What I’m getting as key here is “Genuine forgiveness must be earned by the other party.” If you struggle with forgiveness, as I do, this post will give you much to consider.]

@PsychCentral My Story: Old Song, New Hope
[SEO: “I still have a terrible time believing I’m worth liking, or loving, or whatever. I spend a lot of time apologizing to people for being a pain in the butt, because that’s what I’m pretty sure I am, most of the time. It took a long time to get this way and it’s taken me a long time to even start to overcome.”

“I’m fortunate now to have people who believe in me and who haven’t run away, no matter how hard I’ve tried to push them to go. Yet it’s hard for me to let them freely offer to me their love and caring — honestly, it scares me. Even if they’ve given me no reason, ever, to think they’d abandon me, I’d rather keep my distance than risk being hurt again.” …

The hope resides in her willingness to pay it forward, to talk publicly about her struggles: “[T]he more people who are willing to say so, the more people who are needlessly suffering silently might come forward and ask for help, instead of feeling shamed, or bullied, or like nobody gets it.”]


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  1. fragmentz

    hey there
    i’m only just catching up with online world properly as have been away at a conference all week with very poor mobile internet connections.
    thank you very much for linking to my blog via Patricia Singleton. Im very humbled and honoured that people take the time to read what I have to say. I write because its what I do, and its a way for me to express my thoughts, but also with the hope that others out there stumble across my story, or some of it and if they themselves are in some of the situations i’ve found myself in, can find a little bit of hope that they are not alone.
    anyway, thanks again. Im glad to have found this site too!
    Fragmentz x

    1. Sarah Olson

      Thank you for stopping by! I was so moved by your story of what you’ve been through the last four years. It takes courage to write so honestly, and to set it free for anyone to read.

      Thanks again! and take care,


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