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Delusions how to help someone who suffers with this

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delusions how to help someone who suffers with this
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Hello:
Helping someone who suffers from delusions can be difficult if the person does not want to recognize the delusions. The best thing to do is to validate the delusion and then very gently reality test.
Example: There are monsters in my closet.
Yes, there are monsters in your closet. Where exactly are they and what are they doing?
They are just waiting to jump out at me.
OK, let's move a chair in front of the closet door so they cannot get out.
We call this "joining with the delusional state." It develops trust and once they believe you understand they will be more likely to accept some gentle challenges.
Let me know if you have further questions.
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