Aug 31 2012

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (08/31/12)

This week’s focus: Self Harm Resources

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 083112 Long Winding Road
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‏@HealthyPlace “Each man’s life
represents a road toward himself.” ~ Herman Hesse


Some Tweets to Ponder


@visityourself “If you’re not aware of self-judgment, you’re stuck inside it. If you’re aware, it’s just something inside you.”

@PemaQuotes “The trick is to keep exploring and not bail out, even when we find out that something is not what we thought.” ~ Pema Chödrön

@LillyAnn “To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.” ~ Tao Te Ching

‏@BeyondMeds “Sometimes taking care of yourself may piss people off — do it anyway.”

‏@StevenHandel “You’re only given one little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.” ~ Robin Williams


Linked Tweets


Self Harm Resources


@HealthyPlace Relaunch of Self Injury, Self Harm Information Center. 40 new articles plus videos.
[SEO: “Detailed information about Self-Injury (Self-Harm, Self-Abuse, Self-Mutilation) including why people self-injure, warning signs of self-harm, treatment for self-injury and information for parents.” Bookmark this page if you, or anyone you know, is involved in self harm.]

@HealthyPlace Why I Self-Harm: Why People Self-Injure
[SEO: A clear, unflinching discussion of why people self harm, and how to understand it in terms of environmental and psychological factors as they pertain to each specific person’s life. Includes first person accounts, in words and videos.]


‏The Rest of the Best


@missptsdanddid Why People Refuse Therapy — Therapy Feels like an Insult
[SEO: “Yesterday I was at my psychiatrist’s and I wasn’t doing terribly well. It seems I’m a little stressed. Turns out being a well-known mental health writer is a smidgen more challenging than one might think. And so one of the recommendations my doctor made was to do some mindfulness training in a local program. Instantly I felt myself rile against the idea. Internally I was feeling very resistant against yet more therapy.”]

@pilotpenpoet I think people living with depression need to read this supportive and empowering article by CNN’s Kat Kinsman.
[SEO: “…I’ve lost too much time and too many people to feel any shame about the way my psyche is built. How from time to time, for no good reason, it drops a thick, dark jar over me to block out air and love and light, and keeps me at arm’s length from the people I love most.”

“The pain and ferocity of the bouts have never eased, but I’ve lived in my body long enough to know that while I’ll never ‘snap out of it,’ at some point the glass will crack and I’ll be free to walk about in the world again. It happens every time, and I have developed a few tricks to remind myself of that as best I can when I’m buried deepest.”]

@PsychCentral The Extraordinary Power of Despair
[SEO: (The post author states the following is not a description of clinical depression. But … well, it works for me.) “There’s little more effective for lifting you out of misery than misery itself. When things are so friggin’ awful that you can’t imagine them getting any more awful, doing things that were unimaginable suddenly seem imaginable. Change is so difficult, you gotta really, really, really want it. Or have it forced on you. And when life sucks so bad that getting out of bed requires monumental effort, change is being forced on you.”]

@HealthyPlace Surviving Psych Waiting Rooms
[SEO: “Now my psychiatrist’s waiting room happens to be in a hospital’s Mood Disorder Clinic, although I think people of any disorder wait in the same place for their doctors as well. We are the people who have stepped past the average doctor and the average psychiatrist up to the specialists. So basically, we are the craziest of the crazy, all trapped in a room together. And if there were any doubt that we are scary, it is confirmed by the fact that the receptionist sits behind glass. Really, it’s rather creepy.”

In fairness, every psych office I’ve ever visited — specialists or not — had the receptionist behind glass. Perhaps it’s more about boundaries than to convey how crazy you are? Beyond that, this post resonates for me, including the idea that a cup of coffee (or whatever you drink) can ease your wait. My cup has long been an aid, both in the waiting room, and in sessions. It’s a small thing that helps to keep me present and centered.]


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