This week’s focus: The Freeh Report
and child abuse impacts
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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.
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@healthyplace “You may not control
all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide not to
be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou
Some Tweets to Ponder
@LillyAnn “Please be reminded to appreciate your life. Appreciate doesn’t mean ‘like’. It means ‘feel completely.'”
@healthyplace “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” ~ J.K. Rowling
@WisdomalaCarte “Why do we give up our hearts to the past?” ~ The Eagles
@Conduru “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama
The Freeh Report: Penn State Investigative Findings
@SarahEOlson2009 Abuse Inquiry Faults Paterno and Others at Penn State
[SEO: “The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a ‘total and consistent disregard’ for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sandusky’s assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity. That publicity, Mr. Freeh said Thursday, would have hurt the nationally ranked football program, Mr. Paterno’s reputation as a coach of high principles, the Penn State ‘brand’ and the university’s ability to raise money as one of the most respected public institutions in the country.”
@heykim The Freeh report vs. Joe Paterno’s statements. Here are the differences.
[SEO: A direct comparison of what Joe Paterno said happened, and when, vs. the conclusions of the Freeh report on the Penn State child abuse coverup. Paterno was no saint.]
@DrKathleenYoung Reactions to Penn State report flood social media (CNN: This Just In Blogs)
[SEO: “Penn State University bashers and supporters alike took to Twitter and Facebook on Thursday when the report on an internal probe into the school’s child sex abuse scandal was released.” Includes video of Louis Freeh’s statement regarding the report findings, emphasizing repeatedly that no one at Penn State ever took any action to help the victims.]
Long Term Impact of Child Abuse
@amiemerz Childhood abuse may affect adult obesity
[SEO: “Scientists assessed information provided in 2005 by more than 33,000 participants on early life experiences of abuse in relation to obesity. … Investigators discovered the risk of obesity in 2005 was approximately 30 percent greater among women in the highest category of physical and sexual abuse than in women who reported no abuse.”]
@NAMIMass Depression And Chronic Inflammation Result From Childhood Adversity
[SEO: “The team discovered that depression in those who experienced early childhood adversity was accompanied by an inflammatory response and that they had high levels of interleukin-6 forecasted risk of depression six months later. They did not observe a link between depression and inflammation in participants who experienced no childhood adversity. … As a result [of the higher inflammation], these individuals may experience depressions that are especially difficult to treat.”
Inflammation is increasingly linked to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, a host of other illnesses. Not all types of childhood adversity are preventable. But the abused child was chosen, and the full impact may be hidden for decades.]
@DrKathleenYoung Childhood Wounds: Understanding Yourself in Context
[SEO: An older post on the impact of your childhood on who you are today. Dr. Young provides a list of “less obvious [than child abuse] childhood experiences that can have a negative impact” which is very helpful.
“[I]t is just about impossible to escape our childhood unscathed. Along the path to becoming an adult often lies wounding great and small. … There are countless daily experiences of frustration and separation which in addition to times of feeling understood and connected combine to make up who we are. [T]he understanding of this within ourselves and the acknowledgment of this between parents and adult children can be powerfully healing.”]
The Rest of the Best
@natasha_tracy I’m Too Tired to Keep Fighting Bipolar [Or any chronic, debilitating mental condition.]
[SEO: “Bipolar disorder and depression suck the life out of you because they’re there every moment of your life. For people who don’t manage to get into remission, fighting these mental illnesses becomes a moment-to-moment battle. Every second of the day the depression or bipolar disorder is whispering lies into their ears and every second of the day the mentally ill person has to stand up to those voices and recognize them as illness. In the morning. In the evening. At night. Your brain cannot be trusted. It’s freaking exhausting.”
Why you must keep fighting. And remember to breathe.]
@dmf71 What the Affordable Care Act Means to Mental Health
[SEO: A general breakdown of anticipated changes in mental health coverage by Psych Central’s Dr. John Grohol. It’s a fairly rosy assessment, which two commenters take to task. But it’s hard to know what will actually happen in practice when this law is fully implemented. This post gives you a basic place at which to start.]