This week’s focus: Mental Health in the News
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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@800273TALK “Accept no one’s definition of your life.
Define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein
Some Tweets to Ponder
@AncientProverbs “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.” ~ Aristotle
@BeyondMeds “Our culture has trouble dealing with difficult emotions. The message we often get, implicitly and explicitly, is to repress and deny them.”
@ashwinsanghi “I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.” ~ Amy Tan
@healthyplace “I want to say I deserve better and mean it. I want to say I give up and believe it. I want to say I’m moving on and do it.”
@rcinstitute “Truthful Tuesday: the most important person to tell the truth to is yourself.”
In the News
@heykim U.S. troops are killing themselves at fastest pace since the nation began decade of war
[SEO: “The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 percent more — according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.
“The reasons for the increase are not fully understood. Among explanations, studies have pointed to combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription medications and personal financial problems. Army data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of committing suicide, although a substantial proportion of Army suicides are committed by soldiers who never deployed.”]
@PsychCentral Behavioral Therapy + New Drug Therapy Helps Severe PTSD
[SEO: “Investigators examined whether the impact of psychotherapy could be enhanced by administering D-cycloserine (DCS), a drug that does not directly treat the symptoms of PTSD, but rather promotes neuroplasticity, i.e., makes brain circuits better able to remodel themselves in the context of experience.”]
@tlomauro Depression help line: phone-based psychotherapy can be just as effective as on-the-couch treatment (via @TIME)
[SEO: “In the most definitive study to date comparing face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to that given over the phone, researchers found that phone-based therapy was just as effective as that given in a therapist’s office, and that more patients relying on phone sessions stuck with their therapy.”]
The Rest of the Best
@DrKathleenYoung Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.: In Defense of Slow and Tedious: Quick-Fix Therapy or the Kind That Takes ‘Forever’?
[SEO: Written as a rebuttal to a recent New York Times post about ineffective, endless therapy, this post defends the notion of the value in longer term exploration in therapy. In my own therapy, I have consciously chosen to know, rather than to not know, and that takes time.
“The choice of what to want to know and what to not want to know lies with the patient. To a great extent, a larger extent than most of us realize, the choice of what to know, and what to not know, lies with the unconscious and our interest in coming to be friendly and familiar with it. As my mentor Hyman Spotnitz used to say: ‘An analyst can’t be more ambitious for the patient than the patient is for himself.'”]
@healthyplace After the Mental Illness Diagnosis: Moving On With Life!
[SEO: “We spend so much time focusing on our illness when we are working to become well, or to maintain stability, that we can forget we are more than just a mental illness. The medication we take allows us to be ourselves again — or for the first time. It can be an exciting time in our life, if we let ourselves remove The Label(s) and embrace the future.”]
@BobbiEmel Are You Flexible Enough to Bounce Back?
[SEO: Post discusses why flexibility is essential to your ability to bounce back, and provides ideas for learning how to “stretch” yourself. “If we cling to one way of dealing with [the challenges in our lives], we inevitably will get knocked flat. But if we do something different — perhaps even counter-intuitive — we still get pushed by the challenge, but we’ll end up on our feet.”]
@natasha_tracy New Treatment Approaches for Depression
[SEO: Post outlines seven new approaches for treatment of treatment-resistant depression, with many links to follow up on. “I have been known to lament that there’s nothing new under the sun when it comes to depression treatment, and thus, there is little hope for people with true treatment-resistant depression. (And by treatment-resistant depression I mean people who really have tried everything, and there are few in this category.)
“But I forget how far we’ve come and how fast. It isn’t fair to say there aren’t new approaches to treatment-resistant depression because there are new approaches being researched and approved every year. Here are a few noted by Current Psychiatry article ‘Innovative approaches to treatment-resistant depression'”]
@Good_Therapy A joyful lesson in mindfulness from Calvin and Hobbes
[SEO: A simple reminder is sometimes all I need.]