May 18 2012

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (05/18/12)

This week’s focus: Mental Health Month Blog Party 2012

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 051812

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@800273TALK “Overcome the notion that you must be regular.
It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.” ~ Uta Hagen


Some Tweets to Ponder


@WisdomalaCarte “No matter how fast I run, I can’t get away from me.” ~ Jackson Browne

@KimbersP “Not all scars show. Not all wounds heal. Sometimes you can’t always see the pain someone feels.”

@800273TALK “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ~ Virginia Woolf

@Tamavista “One’s suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields — even to sadness.” ~ Saint-Exupéry

@PemaQuotes “So it is with all of our actions: they either undercut our attachments or strengthen them; they bring us into the present or distract us.”


Linked Tweets


Mental Health Month Blog Party 2012


[SEO: I’m diverting from format for this section. All of these posts were tweeted on May 16, 2012, but I am choosing them from the list of 80+ links collected by the APA at the end of that day. I have no way of connecting these posts to their respective tweets.]

Imagine A World Without the Stigma of Mental Illness
[SEO: Anyone involved in mental health issues longs for a world without stigma — but what would that actually look like? This blog itemizes real-world practical consequences of zero stigma in some ways I had not previously considered.]

Just the Facts, Ma’am; The Numbers Don’t Lie: Not Servicing the Mentally Ill
[SEO: “A report released January 19, 2012, by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicated that 1 in 5 Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2010, and about 5% are so severely ill that they have difficulty with day-to-day tasks involving school, work or family.”

“The numbers and the need speak for themselves–but increasingly the mentally ill have nowhere to go. The Treatment Advocacy Center analyzed the decline in psychiatric beds in every state, from 1955 and 2005. They found a shocking 95 percent decrease in the number of available beds in the America’s public psychiatric institutions.”]

A Journey Through Mental Illness Toward Wholeness
[SEO: “My message is one of constant hope through all these extreme ups and downs in my own journey, though. After surviving years of suicidal depression, debilitating flash backs and panic attacks and finally a bottom-of-the-barrel existence as the girlfriend of a mentally ill homeless man for 3 years there is one thing I know to the core of my being; nothing will destroy me so I might as well grow up and get healthy.”]

Let’s End Stigma
[SEO: “If you know me personally, would you have guessed I had a mental illness? You probably thought I was a little different or eccentric, but really, would you have guessed it? It was a heck of a shock to me that April in 2005 when I received the news that I had Bipolar Disorder Type 1. It was pretty apparent to others at that particular time in my life as I was extremely ill, however prior to that time, not one family member, friend or any of the many doctors I had seen over the years had seen any sign of mental illness.” This post discusses various types of stigma, starting with the stigma she’s created toward herself.]

Blogging About Mental Health for Family and Friends
[SEO: This post focuses on how you can best help family members or friends who struggle with mental health issues — and who may not be seeking treatment.]


The Rest of the Best


@SarahEOlson2009 Facebook Joins Fight Against Military Suicides
[SEO: Take advantage of every resource available. “Facebook announced earlier this month that it is offering specialized suicide-prevention services for veterans, active-duty members of the military, and their families.”]

@BeyondMeds Beginner’s tips for meditation ~ from the archives
[SEO: Very helpful if you’ve thought about trying meditation but don’t know what it might involve, or how to find time to meditate.]

@CarolynSpring Self-care is often the hardest thing for survivors of abuse: “Be kind to yourself: self-care and the golden goose”
[SEO: I see me in this; do you see you? “For a long time, therapy sessions would end with a fairly typical exchange. I would express frustration at myself for not doing enough, not making progress enough, not having been present enough, not … well, just not quite being enough, ever. I would go ‘grr’, and gently but firmly the response from my therapist would go, ‘Be kind to yourself.’ To start with, it was just annoying.”]

@JKPBooks How art therapy is helping to heal combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder
[SEO: The process described here is valid for helping to heal PTSD from any type of trauma, combat or otherwise. “‘Art therapy is for people dealing with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, anxiety and depression,’ said Elliott. ‘Really, anybody who wants to use a non-verbal approach for processing their combat injuries, either physical or psychological, will benefit from it.'”

“During the group sessions, participants use a variety of art supplies, including paints, clay, markers, charcoal and images for collages, to express their thoughts, feelings and memories.”]


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