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What If It Isn’t True?

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If You Are Told That You Are Delusional-Do This

Our walk into the mind bending river of twists and turns; our quest for truth, our yearning to be set free from torments of thoughts brings us here. Our last post pushed forward into the realm of real, not real, and possibly surreal. Sometimes it is difficult to know the difference. Trust requires faith that you will ultimately be supported when you are brave enough to face the secrets of your mind.

This next step no doubt requires this faith, and the willingness to trust in a process that you may not fully understand, with a person that you only partially know. If you have a higher power, this is a huge help, as you walk forward into the fog that lays between what is, and what is not and allow yourself to be brought to a place of healing clarity.

If you are told that you might have delusions by a health care professional consider doing the following:

  • Consider taking the recommended medication if your psychiatrist suggests this.   If you are concerned about taking medications, you can discuss this with your psychiatrist.  If your concerns are health related, remember, your psychiatrist is a medical doctor and can advise you in how to maintain your physical health and take medication.
  • Weigh the risks versus benefits of following the recommendations of your psychiatrist. If you are experiencing delusions, and you do not take any medication, are you at risk of behaving in a way that could result in more problems for you?  If you are experiencing delusions, and you take the medication, there is likelihood that your delusions, along with the fear and anxiety that they often cause, will be alleviated.
  • Participate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a psychotherapist/psychologist that you trust. A psychotherapist understands how the mind can play tricks on us, and helps you discover for yourself, what is really happening, versus what seems to be happening.  This approach can also help you heal some core issues that might have triggered the delusion.

Remember:  There is nothing “wrong” with or about you if you suspect that something that you believes to be real, may not be. If a person has diabetes, there is nothing “wrong” with that person; but the person with diabetes will benefit from treatment.  Believing something that is not true becomes a problem when the person that believes the false belief acts on those beliefs and those actions (behaviors) end up causing the person distress, or problems in their lives. Usually, a delusion is not a very happy or comfortable belief, and causes the person who is experiencing it to suffer. If you can develop a trusting relationship with a good therapist, you will benefit greatly from opening up your heart, airing out your fears, and working through the mazes of the mind.  Freedom from tyrannical delusions combined with a new clarity of mind and self can be very liberating, and bring a wonderful healthy feeling of exhilaration.

What If It Isn’t True?

Dr. Barbara Bachmeier


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Bachmeier, D. (2015). What If It Isn’t True?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/2015/02/what-if-it-isnt-true/

 

Last updated: 21 Feb 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2015
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