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Coping Skills For Delusions

In my previous article, I discussed coping strategies for hallucinations.  In this article, I will describe the coping skills used to handle the delusions with Schizophrenia.

Distraction

According to www.everydayhealth.com, distraction is the first coping skill to handle delusions with Schizophrenia.  Like experiencing hallucinations, when you are experiencing delusions distract yourself from the delusions.  Do not fixate on them.  Distract yourself from them.  Focus on something else.  Watch a television show or listen to music.  In simple terms, gear your attention away from the delusions.

Ask For Help

In addition to distracting yourself from the delusions, according to www.everydayhealth.com ask for help if you are experiencing delusions.  Sometimes talking to a friend or family member about your delusions can be helpful.  In addition, according to www.everydayhealth.com , if you seek help from a licensed provider consider cognitive therapy.

Control Your Surroundings

In addition to distracting yourself from the delusions and asking for help from a friend or family member or even a licensed provider, according to www.everydayhealth.com consider controlling your surroundings when you experience delusions.  If you experience delusions all the time in a certain area of your home, consider changing rooms.  In addition, if you continue to experience delusions in the same public place all the time, avoid that public place.  Experiment.  Try going to another public place until you do not experience delusions.

Exercise

In addition to distracting yourself from the delusions, asking for help, and controlling your surroundings, according to www.everydayhealth.com consider exercising when you are experiencing delusions.  You do not have to do strenuous activity like a marathon.  However, start slow.  Go for a 20 minute walk outside to distract yourself from the delusions.  If you do not want to exercise outside, consider stretching or doing yoga in your room or living room.  Either way distract yourself from the delusions.  And more importantly, keep moving.

Conclusion

To end this article, four coping strategies have been mentioned for individuals with Schizophrenia.  They include distracting oneself from the delusions, asking for help from family or friends or a licensed professional, controlling your surroundings, in addition to exercising.  On an important note, if you have Schizophrenia and are experiencing delusions always keep moving.  If that is exercising great.  You can engage in any form of exercise that keeps you moving.  Better yet, do your chores around the house.  This will keep you distracted and focused away from the delusions and on your task.n

 

Coping Skills For Delusions

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2018). Coping Skills For Delusions. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/psychosis/2018/02/coping-skills-for-delusions/

 

Last updated: 3 Feb 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Feb 2018
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