This week’s focus:
Children’s Mental Health and PTSD Resources
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 “I breathe in my courage.
I exhale my fear.” ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Some Tweets to Ponder
@healthyplace “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” ~ Philip K. Dick
@karenkmmonroy “If you are trying to find your self, then you must believe you are lost. Remember life is about creating yourself.”
@AncientProverbs “If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” ~ Chinese Proverb
@PemaQuotes “We can gradually drop our ideals of who we think we ought to be… or who we think other people think we want to be or ought to be.”
@Tamavista “If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.” ~ Ram Dass
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
@natasha_tracy Ten Steps a Parent Can Take to Safeguard a Child’s Mental Health
[SEO: “If symptoms of psychological distress are already present in a child, there are things you can do to stop them from getting worse.” These ten steps are both broad and for the long term, and will benefit any child whether he/she has mental health concerns or not.]
@DCoEPage In honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, download the Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide
[SEO: “A new children’s resource is available for parents, other family members and health care providers. Developed by DCoE, the ‘Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide’ (.PDF) is a quick-reference tool that addresses the mental and emotional well-being of military children.”]
@healthyplace Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse and Neglect
[SEO: “The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family; however, when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination you should take a closer look at the situation and consider the possibility of child abuse.” Note: this post does not specifically address or include signs of child sexual abuse, but is helpful for its stated scope.]
@patriciasinglet Dissociation “Uniquely Associated” With Child Sexual Abuse
[SEO: “Experts agree that, not only is dissociation ‘uniquely associated’ with sexual abuse, but it also causes the victim to have a greater chance of psychiatric problems later in life. Drs. Cassandra L. Kisiel and John S. Lyons say the person who suffers with dissociation, has hindered functioning and they may suffer ‘serious psychopathology.'”
Includes a list of symptoms that often accompany dissociation, and discussion of re-creating trauma, higher suicide rates, addictions, and depression.]
@DCoEPage What are some PTSD treatment options?
[SEO: While this is geared toward vets, it’s also great info for anyone dealing with PTSD. “The main treatments for people with PTSD are counseling (known as “talk” therapy or psychotherapy), medications, or both. Although there are a number of treatment options for PTSD, and patient response to treatment varies, some treatments have been shown to have more benefit in general.” The treatment options discussed here are not limited to types of talk therapy and meds. Also discusses EMDR, group, family and couples therapies, and alternative approaches such as accupuncture and yoga.]
@VA_PTSD_Info Providers: Get resources to diagnose, treat and understand psychological health issues from @DCoEpage
[SEO: This is the Defense Centers of Excellence resources page, which contains 22 helpful .PDF links to documents available for both providers and the general public. Again, it’s geared toward vets, but anyone dealing with PTSD and/or TBI issues will find relevant resources.]
Will changing PTSD’s name change its stigma?
Two Points of View
@IAVAPressRoom New name for PTSD could mean less stigma (via @washingtonpost)
[SEO: “It has been called shell shock, battle fatigue, soldier’s heart and, most recently, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Now, military officers and psychiatrists are embroiled in a heated debate over whether to change the name of a condition as old as combat. … Military officers and some psychiatrists say dropping the word ‘disorder’ in favor of ‘injury’ will reduce the stigma that stops troops from seeking treatment.” See the next article below, for a resounding “no”.]
@SuePeaseBanitt How to make PTSD go away. Easy, change its name. (via @dailykos)
[SEO: “I guess that after speaking to every 19-year-old in America, General Peter Chiarelli, has the wisdom to tell us, ‘No 19-year-old kid wants to be told he’s got a disorder.'” (Washington Post)
“Of course the real reason is a shift to ‘injury’ could make it harder for service members to collect permanent-disability payments. According to Charles Figley, director of Tulane University’s Traumatology Institute, ‘When you have an injury, you follow a treatment regimen and expect to get better,’ Figley said. ‘This change is about medicine, but it is also about compensation. We are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars.'”]