This week’s focus:
Mental Health News; and Male Abuse Survivors
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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@PsychCentral “Life’s challenges
are not supposed to paralyze you,
they’re supposed to help you discover
who you are.” ~ Bernice Johnson Reago
Some Tweets to Ponder
@WisdomalaCarte “What can you do when your dreams come true, and it’s not quite like you planned?” ~ The Eagles
@rcinstitute “Truthful Tuesday: knowing the truth begins with facing your real feelings and needs.”
@healthyplace “A great deal of the chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves.” ~ Chögyam Trungpa
@zebraspolkadots “Identifying the problem is one thing…when we begin to identify ourselves by our problems another… you are more than your past.”
@Tamavista “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ~ Carl Rogers
Mental Health News
@NAMIMass How Depressives Surf the Web. If an app were available would you use it?
[SEO: “In a study … we and our colleagues found that students who showed signs of depression tended to use the Internet differently from those who showed no symptoms of depression.” Explains their methodology and conclusions.
Their long term goal is to create an app that would warn you if your Internet usage changed in ways to suggest you are depressed and need to seek help. This would eventually include notifying school counselors — without your knowledge or consent? They don’t say. They do acknowledge that privacy concerns “would need to be addressed”. Yes, in a hugely transparent way.]
@fearlessnation PTSD News: 1 in 8 heart patients suffer PTSD
[SEO: “Any life-threatening event can leave a person with symptoms of PTSD. Now a new study finds not only that a heart attack can lead to PTSD but PTSD can double a person’s risk of future cardiac events and death.”]
PTSD Awareness Month – cont’d
@samhsagov Millions of Americans are affected by PTSD. To find resources and more, read our latest Blog.
[SEO: A good basic resource with many embedded links to take your research further. Describes what PTSD is, its symptoms, and how to find help for it.]
@PsychCentral Trauma: It’s Not Just Jargon And It Hurts
[SEO: This is excellent. Explains in greater depth what trauma is, and offers examples that might not seem obvious, such as homelessness; witnessing violence; living through war; and less extreme examples, such as repeated incidents of bullying. Discusses symptoms of trauma and how trauma is dealt with.]
Male Survivors of Child Abuse
@DrKathleenYoung Today, sex abuse victims are less alone
[SEO: An excellent CNN Opinion post, it focuses on how the Sandusky trial may facilitate men, especially, to come forward for help to resolve childhood trauma.
“So a case such as this with male victims coming forward, explaining how conflicted they felt, why it took them so long, what it did to their lives, but nonetheless giving convincing testimony that has clearly been believed by the prosecutors and much of the press, this certainly must give other boys and men some sense of possibility.”]
@DrKathleenYoung 1in6, Inc. and RAINN Join Forces to Provide a 24/7 Support Line for Men who were Sexually Abused as Children
[SEO: “‘The current sexual abuse trials in the media will be an enormously triggering event for the millions of sexually abused men who will be inundated by the media coverage that the event will generate’, said Dr. David Lisak, founding board member of 1in6. ‘Thankfully, there are resources available to help these men, as well as their partners and family members. The 1in6 website was specifically designed to provide these men with information, access to a 24/7 SupportLine, and to do so in a receptive and non-threatening way. Men can find the help and information they need at their own pace, in complete privacy, and with absolute anonymity.’”]
@SarahEOlson2009 Philadelphia’s Msg. William J. Lynn Is Convicted of Allowing Abuse
[SEO: Breaking news this afternoon: “In the first criminal conviction of a Roman Catholic Church official in the United States for covering up sexual abuses, Msgr. William J. Lynn was found guilty Friday of endangering children by allowing a known pedophile priest to continue ministering to youths, resulting in an assault on a 10-year-old boy.”]
@PsychCentral Childhood Trauma Makes Adults Emotionally Vulnerable
[SEO: “Children living in unstable or dangerous environments, children who are abused in any way, children who witness abuse or violence, children who are neglected, children of divorce, or children who must endure invasive medical procedures, generally have no power to change their situation.”
“Even events that we see as ordinary, or at most annoying or difficult, can be traumatic for a child. The really painful part of all this is that a child can get ‘stuck’ in traumatic response and this can carry through to adulthood.”]
The Rest of the Best
@PsychToday Can’t sleep? Six common reasons you can fix
[ETA: As of 06/29/12 this link works perfectly, even though it is marked as broken. I tried replacing the link, same result. Try it, and let me know if it works for you, too. Thanks!]
[SEO: “Americans have gotten so used to chronic sleep deprivation maybe 95% or more of us no longer knows what it’s like to feel fully alert, awake, and aware.” Discusses six things you can do to improve your chances of getting better sleep.]
@natasha_tracy When do you need a psychiatrist?
[SEO: This is a good basic primer in how to know when and why you or a loved one need a psychiatrist. Of special note is the list of symptoms or occasions which may call for a psychiatrist. Each point has embedded links for further information.]