Struggling with a delusional disorder can be a painful experience. When a person begins to express beliefs that are contrary to reality and that do not change when that person is presented with evidence to contradict his or her beliefs, he or she may be suffering from delusional disorder. While people with delusional disorder are sometimes able to live relatively healthy lives, a person’s delusion(s) can affect his or her life and cause immense difficulty when trying to work and within their relationships with others. In these situations, it can be helpful to seek treatment.
At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we understand the challenges that come along with delusional disorder and we provide comprehensive programming delivered by a caring, expert staff that is specially designed to meet each of our patients’ unique needs.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with delusional disorder can be a painful and frustrating experience. Often it may seem as if there is nothing one can do. Despite how difficult it may be to have a loved one with delusional disorder, however, there are always things that one can do to help, such as:
- Research the disorder. Read about delusional disorder and speak with treatment professionals about how it can impact a person’s life and what can be done to help.
- Research treatment centers. Make a list of a few treatment centers that may be a good fit for your loved one and speak with treatment and admissions staff to gather more information.
- Have an open and nonjudgmental conversation with your loved one. Remember that he or is struggling, so focus on your love for him or her and express your desire to find help for him or her.
- If your loved one is in need of intensive treatment, remain an active participant in the treatment process and speak with your loved one’s treatment providers to learn how you can help once the intensive phase of treatment is complete.
- Remember to take care of yourself. Remain supportive and patient, and spend time engaging in activities that replenish you, such as hobbies and spending time with your friends.
Why Consider Treatment at Southcoast
Although some people with delusional disorder are able to function relatively well despite their condition, many people may experience extreme negative consequences. A person may require inpatient treatment, causing disruptions in his or her ability to maintain life responsibilities. Social distress, tension, and isolation are possible, as is stress on relationships with significant others. Depending on the nature of one’s delusional belief(s), one’s work performance may suffer and one can also experience depressed mood or anxiety as a result of his or her delusion(s). Tragically, a person may even begin thinking about, or attempting, suicide. Fortunately, with effective and prompt treatment, it is possible to minimize the effects of these negative consequences and help someone struggling with delusional disorder to learn to manage his or her symptoms.