Apr 27 2012

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (04/27/12)

This week’s focus: therapy 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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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (04/27/12)

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@WisdomalaCarte “Life is only therapy.” ~ Garth Brooks


Some Tweets to Ponder


@healthyplace “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” ~ Mary Tyler Moore

‏@CarePathways “Shame does cry, and it can be healed. guilt does not cry. The only way to move guilt out is to cry our shame and take back our space.”

@Beyond_Survivor “It isn’t always enough to be loved by others. You really have to learn to love yourself.”

@healthyplace “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” ~ Maureen Dowd

‏@PemaQuotes “Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” ~ Pema Chödrön


Linked Tweets


Therapy Issues


@NAMIMass “Therapy should focus on goals and outcomes, and people should be able to graduate from it.”
[SEO: A New York Times opinion piece titled “Is Therapy Forever? Enough Already” provides statistics as to how long ineffective therapists wait before acknowledging that their therapy isn’t working.

I agree that patients should not be trapped in a dead-end therapy relationship. But this quote is misleading: “Proponents of long-term therapy have argued that severe psychological disorders require years to manage. That may be true, but it’s also true that many therapy patients don’t suffer severe disorders. Anxiety and depression are the top predicaments for which patients seek mental health treatment; schizophrenia is at the bottom of the list.” Anxiety and depression are hallmarks of PTSD, and most likely will require longer than 10 visits to resolve, even for the most effective therapist on the planet. It doesn’t have to be forever, but trauma survivors seldom fit into some neat 10 visits or less box.]

@OneLifeTherapy Do you trust yourself to heal? Bringing Therapy to Life
[SEO: “In therapy, if you and your therapist follow Rogers’ approach, it’ll be called ‘person-centred therapy.’ And the person it’s centred on will be you. So you’ll set the pace of things — your therapist will take your lead, as they have faith in your mind, your emotions, your entire being to know the right pace to go. They’ll listen to you. Deeply. Because they’ll believe that everything you say is a clue. That everything you say has value.”

This excellent post asks: “How would it be if you could apply these things to yourself? Consciously. Willingly. Generously. To extend a hand of trust to yourself in barren times and know that you will grow again. That you’ve already started. That deep down, something in you knows the way out of pain. And back to being whole. Even if you’ve never grown this particular way before.”]

@arttherapynews Trauma-Informed Art Therapy on Pinterest
[SEO: This is a wonderful showcase of the many ways art therapy can be used to aid in healing. Every “pinned” illustration (currently there are 76) focuses on some aspect of trauma-informed art therapy, with a link back to the original source if you want to explore it more. You don’t have to be a Pinterest member to view this page.]


The Rest of the Best


@fearlessnation Army Wants PTSD Guidelines to Stop Screening for Fakers
[SEO: Better late than never. “In a big reversal, the Army has issued a stern new set of guidelines to doctors tasked with diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning soldiers. Stop spending so much time trying to spot patients who are faking symptoms, the new guidelines instruct. Chances are, they’re actually ailing.”]

@GregDorter Five Steps to Calm Anger With Empathy
[SEO: While the focus of this post pertains to empathy within relationships, empathy is a skill needed for so much more than that. You can practice it with anyone you meet. “Here are five steps to calm anger with empathy. Whether you’re angry or just annoyed, these steps help you to remain calm, present, connected with what is going on inside of you (i.e., thoughts, feelings), so that you can listen empathically to what underlies your own or another’s anger or pain.”]

@natasha_tracy Worrying About Medication Side Effects
[SEO: “I’m all for understanding the risks of a medication. Some medications carry significant risks that are very common so it’s wise to know about these going in. It’s also wise to know about the common side effects so you know what to look for in case it happens to you. You should be informed. It’s your body you’re putting the drugs into.”

But, she continues, it’s kind of pointless to worry about it (excessively) because you won’t know till you take it. Either it happens to you, or it doesn’t. “The trick to experiencing the fewest side effects is this: start low and go slow. And when I say this I mean start lower than recommended by the manufacturer and go slower than recommended by the manufacturer. And if you’re sensitive to medications, go slower than that. And then wait and watch.”]


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