This week’s focus: Mental Health News and Views
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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@healthyplace “Many of our fears are tissue paper thin,
and a single courageous step would carry us
clear through them.” ~ Brendan Francis
Some Tweets to Ponder
@visityourself “Moving through a difficult emotion is easier if you first accept how much you don’t want to feel it.”
@PemaQuotes “There are whole parts of ourselves that are so unwanted that whenever they begin to come up we run away.” ~ Pema Chödrön
@WisdomalaCarte “Fear makes you fragile.” ~ Goo Goo Dolls
@CarePathways “Don’t just wave at hope from a distance today. Walk and talk with it. Show it what you’ll do to keep it afloat. It will honor you.”
@healthyplace “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” ~ Agnes Repplier
Mental Health News and Views
@dylansmoosie National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2012) | National Child Traumatic Stress Network
[SEO: This site provides excellent U.S. government resources pertinent to child trauma from any cause (child abuse, war, disasters, accidents, medical trauma etc). Resources for both professionals, and for parents.]
@psychcentral Generic Seroquel Coming Soon for Schizophrenia, Bipolar
[SEO: While generic Seroquel (Quetiapine) should be considerably less expensive, always be alert to the fact that different pharma companies use different inactive ingredients in generic versions. Sometimes the inactive ingredients can change the effectiveness of the pill or cause other reactions. If that happens, ask your pharmacist if you can try a different manufacturer’s generic version.]
@PsychNews Rape Victims Say U.S. Military Labels Them “Crazy”
[SEO: Discusses several women from different branches of the military who each reported being sexually assaulted by a fellow service member. They each were “diagnosed” with “personality disorder” and discharged from the military. The injustices done to these women didn’t stop with the rape not being prosecuted. According to this article discharge due to “personality disorder” denies the person several benefits offered to any other service member.
Sexual assault within the military happens so often it has its own name now: Military Sexual Trauma. Just as the military must come to grips with its PTSD and suicide epidemic (see next article), it also must stop covering up criminal behavior within its own ranks.]
@SarahEOlson2009 A Veteran’s Death, the Nation’s Shame
[SEO: Where is the national outrage?! From the New York Times: “Here’s a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands. An American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year — more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.”]
@psychcentral Chicago Closing Half Its Mental Health Clinics
[SEO: State budget cuts, coming soon to a neighborhood near you.]
@NAMIMass Contact White House and tell them to issue final regs to implement the Mental Health Parity/Addiction Equity Act
[SEO: “President Obama voted for the bill as a U.S. senator, and all indications are that he remains supportive. Yet regulatory action has stalled since 2010. The final rule that would provide clarity to the millions who have a mental illness or substance-use disorder, and to their employers, has not been issued. This has created uncertainty and confusion for employers over what they must cover and when parity applies.”]
The Rest of the Best
@healthyplace Free or Low-Cost Prescription Medication Assistance Information
[SEO: A comprehensive resource for information about and links to prescription med assistance programs. If you or a friend are having trouble paying for your meds, this should be your first stop to look for help.]
“Rule #1 — my [the author’s] giant stumbling block: These feelings are normal bodily reactions. [emphasis in original] Remember that the feelings are nothing more than an exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.” She’s very open about her own anxiety, and writes about her struggles in accepting this rule.]
@BeyondMeds Are You At Risk For Diabetes and Obesity? If you’ve taken or take psychiatric drugs the answer is YES.
[SEO: This is a more detailed look (than a news account I posted in a previous Best Tweets issue) at the rise of “diabesity”, and the risks inherent in atypical antipsychotic drugs. Includes lengthy discussion and a video described as “a good intro to what is going on with diabetes type 2 and the metabolic issues that lots of people have prior to a full-blown diagnosis.”
If your doctor doesn’t bring up this issue to you, and discuss alternatives, be your own best advocate and take it to him/her.]
@KimbersP When the black fog descends, it’s hard to see the beauty in anything. Here’s a wee reminder.
[SEO: This is a Pinterest board devoted to pictures of beauty and inspiration. It’s similar to my inclusion of Pachelbel’s Canon in D last week: it’s evidence of beauty. Some of us need ways to focus on the beauty in life at times. If you are more visually-oriented (than aurally), this page has something for you.]