Our expert says:
There are forms of paranoid disorder which tend to develop later in life ; and they do respond to proper treatment. The problem is, often, finding a way to persaude her to see a good psychiatrist for assessment and a discussion of treatment options ( sometimes they will accept referral and treatment to help them get stronger and better able to cope with the worries they are describing - one acknowledges that what she believes is happening must be alarming and distressing, without agreeing that they are true.
It sounds as though these more recent developments have been an exaggeration of a paranoid personality of long-standing.
COnfrontation is usually useless in most situations, especially one like this. One more often succeeds by being sympathetic about how distressing it must be to have worries like this, that things are, fortunately, often not as bad as they may seem, but none the less they are very stressful, and that its worth seeing someone who understands such concerns, as some treatments may help one to become sronger and better able to cope with these worries
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