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    My friend has been acting very strangely, on and off, for years. Some examples, he thinks people are trying to find him, kidnap him, rape him, burn him, murder him, etc. He thinks all of his house has been bugged, that there's a group of people worldwide trying to destroy his life, he's seeing things that most people see as coincidences as linked events. He has been diagnosed with bi-polar, and was sectioned last year and diagnosed with psychosis. But he seems to have forgotten this, or doesn't believe it. He thinks he is perfectly sane. He won't get help. He's pushed every single one of his friends away. Same for his family. He is completely alone in a council house with his delusions and paranoias of death and destruction.

    How do I begin to help a person like this? I care for him a lot, but it's wearing me down dealing with this all on my own. I don't know what to do.
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    My friend has been acting very strangely, on and off, for years. Some examples, he thinks people are trying to find him, kidnap him, rape him, burn him, murder him, etc. He thinks all of his house has been bugged, that there's a group of people worldwide trying to destroy his life, he's seeing things that most people see as coincidences as linked events. He has been diagnosed with bi-polar, and was sectioned last year and diagnosed with psychosis. But he seems to have forgotten this, or doesn't believe it. He thinks he is perfectly sane. He won't get help. He's pushed every single one of his friends away. Same for his family. He is completely alone in a council house with his delusions and paranoias of death and destruction.

    How do I begin to help a person like this? I care for him a lot, but it's wearing me down dealing with this all on my own. I don't know what to do.
    My advice would be to phone a mental health charity like Sane or ReThink and ask for some advice from them. They should be able to help you with the best possible way you can help your friend.
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    Some of the symptomes you describe resemble paranoia: http://www.ontarioshores.ca/cms/one....69&pageId=2981 But it can be connected with several different conditions, and your friend has to be treated by a mental health professional. You can help him by being caring and patient, someone who tries to understand. I would also recommend to your friend to stay away from alcohol and psychoactive drugs that are known to trigger psychosis in a predisposed person. Also, prescription drugs like Adderall and levodopa - https://rxed.eu/en/s/Stalevo/ - can probably interact with your friend's condition. But that is probably his doctor's concern.
 
 
 
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