Our expert says:
Well, she was naive to belief a silly story like that, but then she probably really wanted to believe him and his excuse for disappearing. But as your story continues, it does sound increasingly as though your friend is becoming mentally disturbed in some way, and only a proper assessment by a psychiatrist could clarify whether this is so, and what sort of problem this is, and what would best be done about it.
What you describe sounds very like a psychotic illness, posibly schizophrenia, and really in need of assessment and treatment.
Next of kin can request that she be examined and possibly admitted to hospital for further assessment and even treatment if the doctors who examine her agree that she might be a danger to herself or others. If she behaves peculiarly in public, the police may be able to use a different section of the law to also take her for assessment. Her GP could also start the ball rolling.
As you'll understand, there's no easy way to just get someone "picked up" - if it was easy, imagine the chaos as so many people could abuse that process !
Sometimes you can persuade someone to seek help, even from a GP ( they may be very sensitive at first to the idea of seeing a psychiatrist ) and if the GP is priomed with background information, he can assess better - by talking sympathetically with her, not confirming that the odd things she describes are real, but not arguing about them either, and sympathizing about how awful that is, and how it must put a great strain on her, and maybe a good doctor who understands this type of thing could help her, maybe with some medication to reduce the stress and help her to feel better.
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