This week’s focus: News and Views
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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@WisdomalaCarte “There is a crack in everything,
that is how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen
Some Tweets to Ponder
@SoulHealr “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ Mark Twain
@HealthyPlace “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
@LillyAnn “Dismiss whatever insults your soul.” ~ Walt Whitman
@PsychCentral “if you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” ~ John Irving
News and Views
@NAMIMass Americans need to focus on the fact that the mental health care system is already in crisis.
[SEO: An excellent post about the Aurora, Colorado shootings: “Public discussion initially focused on the wide availability of guns in our society. It has now shifted to the question of whether or not the mental health care system failed leading up to the tragedy. It is an issue addressed eloquently in USA Today by Pete Earley in a guest column, ‘Massacres No Excuse to Stigmatize the Mentally Ill.'” Lots of food for thought here.]
@vetawareness Saddest statistics ever. RIP brothers.
[SEO: Scroll down the page for the story “Army Releases July Suicide Data”. It’s grim, but as a nation we must stop looking away. The July numbers pretty much doubled the June numbers. “Army officials said 187 active-duty and reserve soldiers have committed suicide so far in 2012. Last year’s total was 283.” And these numbers don’t include veterans!
Where is the outrage, America? An entire generation of American active duty members and veterans is obviously being given grossly inadequate mental health care. It’s not entirely about stigma, either. It’s also about money. And politics. And that those last two are even in the mix is shameful.
NOTE: At the bottom of the linked article you will find links to numerous suicide prevention resources for military members, veterans, and their families. These include crisis helplines, and suicide prevention training resources for families.]
The Rest of the Best
@SarahEOlson2009 Harborview Center for Sexual Assault ~ Creating the Trauma Narrative
[SEO: This free treasure trove of 11 .pdf client handouts can help you (preferably with your therapist’s guidance) to create a trauma narrative — to tell your story and help make sense of it. The .pdf handouts range from describing your feelings about being abused, how it has affected you, a letter to the perpetrator, remembering what happened, telling the sexual assault secret, and much more.]
@ssanquist On Loneliness
[SEO: “Loneliness isn’t just a case of the sniffles that can be cured by a singing Hallmark card. It’s associated with increased risk of heart disease, higher rates of inflammatory disease, and diminished immune function. …”
“Like depression, loneliness can become unbearable in that so much shame is attached to it. University of Massachusetts sociologist Robert S. Weiss, one of the first researchers to study the theory of loneliness and a prominent expert on the topic today writes in his book, Loneliness: The Experience of Emotional and Social Isolation: ‘So great is the shame of the lonely . . . that they are wary of each other’s company — a bit like Groucho Marx, who believed that any club that admitted him could not be worth joining.'”]
@BeyondMeds Just accept it: The voices are real
[SEO: Growing up, I heard many voices inside me. I knew from age five to never reveal them because my mother threatened to throw me in the “crazy house” if I kept up my stories of being abused by her “family friend”. I never ever admitted to hearing voices until after she died 30 years later, and even then, it was said out loud with tremendous fear that my therapist was also going to lock me up. But not all inner voices are evidence of insanity.
This post argues that hearing voices could actually be viewed as something normal. Read it with an open mind. And check out this blogger’s index of all her posts which deal with the experiences of voice hearers.]
@PsychCentral Why Shouldn’t You Spank Your Kids? Here’s 9 Reasons
[SEO: These nine reasons go much deeper than “because it’s politically incorrect”. They deal with the psychological messages conveyed when a child is spanked. But beyond those very real messages, the one that gets me (as I was spanked/hit till age 14) is the basic truth that “No one can learn when they are afraid.”
Well, that’s not entirely true. I did learn how to dissociate.]