PTSD Q & A with #LindaCJTurner THERAPY

Q & A – Is there a diagnosis for child abuse in the DSM?

Actually, DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition) does not provide specific diagnoses for child abuse. However, it does describe various disorders that may be associated with the experience of child abuse or neglect. Here are some examples:

  1. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Children who experience abuse or neglect may develop PTSD, which is characterized by symptoms such as flashbacks, avoidance, and hyperarousal.
  2. Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): RAD is a disorder that can develop in children who do not form healthy attachments with caregivers due to early childhood abuse or neglect.
  3. Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD): DMDD is a disorder that can develop in children who experience chronic or severe emotional abuse, and is characterized by frequent outbursts of anger and irritability.
  4. Adjustment Disorder: Children who experience abuse or neglect may develop adjustment disorder, which is characterized by symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, or behavioral changes in response to a stressful life event.

It’s important to note that a diagnosis alone does not necessarily indicate that a child has been abused or neglected, and that a comprehensive assessment is necessary to identify the cause of any mental health symptoms. Additionally, it’s important to seek the help of qualified mental health professionals in treating any potential mental health issues related to child abuse or neglect.

 © Linda C J Turner


Q & A – Someone is provoking me

Not responding to provocation is a common advice given to people in many situations, and it refers to the idea of avoiding reacting emotionally to someone else’s attempt to anger or upset us.

Provocation can take many forms, including insults, criticism, taunts, or intentionally rude behavior, and it is often aimed at getting a reaction out of the person being provoked. However, responding in an emotional or aggressive manner can often escalate the situation and make it worse.

By not responding to provocation, we can prevent the situation from escalating and maintain our emotional balance. This can also prevent us from saying or doing things we might regret later. Instead, we can choose to respond calmly and assertively, or simply ignore the provocation altogether and move on.


Q & A – can a friend or family member be your therapist?

It is not recommended for a friend or family member to serve as your therapist or primary mental health provider. While it’s natural to seek support from loved ones during difficult times, therapy requires a level of professional training, skill, and objectivity that is not typically present in personal relationships.

There are several reasons why it is not recommended to rely on friends or family members for therapy:

  1. Lack of objectivity: A therapist is trained to remain objective and non-judgmental in their interactions with clients, which is difficult for someone who is close to you to do. A friend or family member may have their own biases or opinions about your situation, which can influence their ability to provide unbiased support.
  2. Boundaries: Therapy involves establishing clear boundaries between the client and the therapist, which can be difficult to maintain in personal relationships. A therapist is trained to set appropriate boundaries around confidentiality, communication, and expectations for the therapeutic relationship, which can be challenging for someone who is not trained in therapy.
  3. Lack of training: Therapists undergo extensive training and education to develop the skills needed to provide effective therapy. While a friend or family member may have good intentions, they are unlikely to have the same level of training and expertise needed to address complex mental health issues.
  4. Potential strain on the relationship: Relying on a friend or family member for therapy can put strain on the relationship and may create an imbalance of power or expectations. It can be difficult for a friend or family member to serve as both a support system and a therapist, which can create conflict and strain in the relationship.

Overall, it’s important to seek support from trained mental health professionals when seeking therapy or treatment for mental health issues. While friends and family can provide valuable support and encouragement, they are not a substitute for professional therapy.


Being afraid of the truth

Being afraid of the truth refers to a state of mind where a person is afraid to face reality or acknowledge certain facts or truths about themselves or their situation. This can be a result of various reasons, such as fear of failure, rejection, disappointment, or shame.

People may avoid facing the truth about themselves or their situation by engaging in behaviors such as denial, avoidance, or distraction. For example, a person may deny that they have a problem with substance abuse, avoid seeking help or treatment, or distract themselves with other activities to avoid facing their problems.

However, avoiding the truth can have negative consequences, such as perpetuating harmful behaviors, limiting personal growth, or damaging relationships with others. It can also lead to feelings of guilt, shame, or anxiety.

Facing the truth can be difficult, but it is an important step towards personal growth and self-improvement. It requires courage and self-awareness, as well as a willingness to acknowledge and accept one’s weaknesses and shortcomings. Seeking support from friends, family members, or professionals can also be helpful in facing the truth and overcoming fears and doubts.

Ultimately, being afraid of the truth is a natural and common human experience, but it’s important to recognize the importance of facing reality and taking steps towards personal growth and well-being.


Why Dreaming May Be Important for Your Health

The research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that people who spent more time in rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep — the phase when dreaming occurs — had lower fear-related brain activity when they were given mild electric shocks the next day. The findings suggest that getting sufficient REM sleep prior to fearful experiences may make a person less prone to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the authors hypothesize.


Why Do We Dream? 

When he was two years old, Ben stopped seeing out of his left eye. His mother took him to the doctor and soon discovered he had retinal cancer in both eyes. After chemotherapy and radiation failed, surgeons removed both his eyes. For Ben, vision was gone forever.

But by the time he was seven years old, he had devised a technique for decoding the world around him: he clicked with his mouth and listened for the returning echoes. This method enabled Ben to determine the locations of open doorways, people, parked cars, garbage cans, and so on. He was echolocating: bouncing his sound waves off objects in the environment and catching the reflections to build a mental model of his surroundings.


You are not your thoughts


I am Grateful

I feel so lucky and privileged to be happy, healthy and live in a beautiful place.

Its almost one year ago now since we decided to leave our beautiful home in France and make the bold move for a different life here in Spain.

Sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith that you have made the right choice, and boy was that the case.

Here we are in paradise, with a view of the sea, great friends and family and an amazing social life. Only regret is that we should have done it much sooner.

There are mornings when I just have to get up, go outside on the balcony with my laptop and watch the sun rise whilst being inspired to write.

So my advise is to take the plunge, be bold, be brave and get out of your comfort zone and you may find the happiness you have always been searching for.


Be Busy Loving Your Life

“Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret, or fear.”


A New Year A New Life

Tony Robbins

“New Year = A New Life!

Decide today who you will become, what you will give how you will live.”