a reply to: ManBehindTheMask
I agree it's difficult to tell who's genuine and who is riding the self diagnosis route.
A lot of the times people in mental health forums (and inpatient facilities) are attention seekers looking to pad their mental health resume. I can't
tell you how many times I've been asked what my diagnosis is and suddenly hearing "oh I have that too" in someone who is bouncing off the walls
(usually drug cases as they're often lumped in with mental health cases in most facilities I've been to due to lack of resources).
A genuine case is easy to spot for me.
We're too busy trying to keep ourselves calm and collected in the middle of the psychiatric chaosphere that is modern mental health treatment.
Regarding the common aspect of the delusional experience and commonality....it gets a little conspiratorial and into some forms of thought
manifestation and in my case occultic technologies and extraterrestrial influence because that's what I've been through, that's what I've seen and
dealt with for 15 years. I wouldn't wish that on anyone and try to keep my experiences somewhat private because madness tends to spread like wildfire
in some circles. In that, you are correct.
So this begs the question, how can one communicate with someone in the throes of situational delusional persecution and pull them out of it when they
themselves are unwilling to let go of said thought-forms?
You can't save everyone, and you can't cure this affliction by screaming snap out of it.
You can, however, be compassionate and empathic to what this person is experiencing.
By reciting "take your meds" "see a doctor" "you're schizophrenic" over and over to someone in the midst of a detachment from conventional reality,
you become just another in a long line of external persecutors, gangstalkers, and what have you in their worldview, and they will fight you and ignore
you even if your suggestions are valid.
I realized this early on, I take my medications (they're a godsend) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy daily but it remains a challenge even for someone
who is high functioning. Trying to re-frame a delusion in the midst of said delusion usually backfires and just pushes the individual into a more
fantastical state of denial and aversion.
When I had my first episodic break I was paranoid and my well meaning father walked over to the door, locked it and then slowly started walking up to
me saying "You're being paranoid" in an attempt to control me, and it further reinforced the idea that everyone (even my own family) was out to get
It's a very delicate situation, and the only way I've ever found peace with my real or imagined persecutors is to forgive them, smile and act like it
doesn't bother me.
It does though.
I'm awake right now because while trying to fall asleep I had a wealth of voices trying to pull me into their own hellscape and I'm honestly tired of
dealing with them, but everything requires closure at some point, and I hope to find a way to shield myself with positive affirmations to the point
where these intrusive thoughts can't get to me anymore.
As for AnotherSides personal experience, I've gone through similar in my own way.
I know the tricksters, the ones who enjoy watching us struggle to free ourselves from their influence, that's why I suggested ignoring them and not
responding to them in my original post in this thread.
You are trying to help in your own way too.
I just don't know if our OP is ready to let go yet.
It can be very difficult.