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#PTSDChat 6: Coping Strategies

Peer Support @alwayzbossie “Absolutely @KateGillieART knowing someone is out there that I can reach out to at anytime is huge for me #PTSDChat” Brad McKay @228Brad  17h17 hours ago Aurora, Ontario Together we are stronger. Reducing the stigma needs to be our primary goal. Trusted peer support the solution.  #ptsdchat Art Therapy @PTSD_Chat “#PTSDchat Adult colouring books are said to greatly help with managing stress and #PTSD http://www.rxcolor.com/adult-coloring-books-as-a-means-to-de-stress/ … #ArtTherapy #PTSD #Stress” Imagine Wagon @ImagineWagon  May 27 Longmont, CO “@KateGillieART: @imaginewagon @imaginewagon #ptsdchat Art is real. I trust it because it doesn’t have to be anything Melanie Gessell @gessellmel  May 27 @PTSD_Chat @KateGillieART I encourage adults in DBT skills group to self soothe with colouring. Very therapeutic. Box Breathing / Breathing Exercises @PTSDPanda “deep breathing #ptsdchat @PTSD_Chat @KateGillieART Yes, 4 count 4 times, in (4), hold (4), out (4) hold (4), repeat #ptsdchat” Trusting your Mental Health Team /…

#PTSDChat 7: STIGMA & ITS IMPACT ON PTSD SURVIVORS

I spent four decades of my life in the shadows of PTSD – there was no name for it for most of that time.  Only in recent years have psychiatric units come out of the basement sitting beside the morgue to be a respected branch of science.  No funding equaled no solutions, other than deflection, hiding and barely coping.  Yes, the neuroscience doctors found drugs – they discovered how Seratonin can help… but drugs are not the answer.  They do nothing to help us live with PTSD.  They are a sticking plaster for you who continue the STIGMA. How does STIGMA affect us?  How does your attitude towards those with PTSD directly affect our ability to live happily and at peace, with understanding and support?  You make us afraid to open up.  When we do we are judged terribly.  You draw us out thinking we can trust and boom!…

#PTSDChat : RESOURCES (1)

Our first RESOURCES #PTSDChat was a good start on what will I hope become a useful source of information for anybody with PTSD regardless of where they are in the world.  Happy to include information on AUTISM in here too as many of you also have a shared interest in this. Please DM, Tweet or Email me with additions to this list. Please could you send in your descriptions if you see yourself listed here – or if you’d like to not be here! – A country of coverage or countries would also be useful.  Thank you. NETWORKS and AWESOME TWITTER DUDES & LASSES: (getting you the peer support you need) @BEHINDTHESERGE @TheForcesSociety @BadgeLifeCanada @OspaPresident Bill Rusk – a frontline sheepdog who works for PTSD survivors @IGotYourBack911 @BillTCCC – all round awesome support for First Responders @STS_PTSD @VETS78734 (Veteran Equine Training Services) @CNNH_CATs (art therapy) @wwawayne @PTSDBuddies @PubHealthTalks…

#PTSDChat: Summary Thursday, 14 May

I forget sometimes that PTSD/TBI is a mental health issue that is surrounded by so much STIGMA and risk attached to admitting you have it.  I vomit up my flashbacks, experiences and paint it all for the world to see because to do so frees me from them (my ghosts) – apparently I’ve forgotten that not everybody has the freedom  to do that.  Which is why I messed up asking this week’s question: specifically aimed at Veterans it asked how the transition back to civilian life triggered their PTSD.  From now on, subjects will be loose and free, without a specific agenda other than to inform, create networks of support and a forum for discussion without fear. I’m not an alpha but I do feel an incredible urge to speed up this process. Get out there and save lives.  I hear this ticking and it feels like each…