Our expert says:
A diagnosis is essential to decide on treatment, management, and what might happen in the future. You seem to be describing a form o paranoia, but there may be severe depression ( which can include paranoia ) or other illnesses, and sometimes severe paranoia is an illness in its own right. Fortunately it often responds well to anti-psychotic medication. The hallenge arises in trying to fin ways to persuade her to see a psychiatrist for a proper assessment and diagnosis, and then to help her take her recommended medication. There are some useful forms that are liquid, and can be placed in drinks like coffee or fruit juice, and work well.
Because such facilities obviously could be abused horribly, there are limitatons about what can be done compulsorily. Discus this with your GP, who may be able to help. If there is good reason to believe that she is bcoming a danger to herself and or to others, it is possible to intervene, with the consent of close family and a doctor or doctors, and for her even to be forcibly removed to hospital for proper assessment and to start treatment. One obvious probllem within this, of course, is that, even though you would be acting carefully and in her best interests, such actions would seem to confirm her paranoid beliefs that people are wanting to harm her.
Discuss this with your GP, and maybe he/she can recommend a psychiatrist you could see and discuss the dilemma, and plan the best way to respond
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