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Old December 9th, 2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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I have a friend who's schizophrenic, does any of you have any idea what I can do when I'm next to her and she starts having hallucinations? Cause that has happened more than once and Ive just been sitting there stiffly not knowing what to do and I hate that because I want to comfort her somehow cause she gets scared, and I'm afraid of touching her when she's having them because I don't want to scare her even more...I first met her at a mental health ward and she has these episodes regularly. Of course I would tell someone if it gets really bad but what about for her shorter episodes of hallucinations?
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Old December 9th, 2014, 08:58 PM   #2
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From my experience (I often see and hear things) the best thing you could do is just be there if she needs you, talk to her maybe, I'm not an expert because I rarely get scared by them so I'm not sure what the addition of fear would do to the equation. But a decimate one is to just be there and talk to her.

As for physical contact, not sure, maybe experiment with that, see how she personally feels about it when she starts to melt down, everyone's different, some people are OK with it, some people will freak the fuck out, start out be like touching her hand or something and gradually move on from there to make sure she's OK with it.

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Old December 9th, 2014, 09:14 PM   #3
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I wouldn't cause her any more sensory input when she's hallucinating. This hallucination is a disconnect between sensory parts of the brain and reasoning parts. I would think that trying to calm her down might make the hallucination more intense.
To be honest, you should ask her.
Does she have coherent thoughts?

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Old December 10th, 2014, 04:23 AM   #4
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I've just never seen other people do anything when she's having an episode, one time two of our other friends were there and they just sat around looking uncomfortable so that's why I personally don't know what to do. I've been worried about talking to her when she's having hallucinations because as Charlie said I might be causing more sensory input which might make it worse for her and I don't want that, but it sounds like sensible, I'll try talking to her softly first Before trying with the physical contact, I will try to go slow I don't want to overwhelm her even more. And yeah I shall ask her what she thinks. Thanks guys, really appreciate the advice~~

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Old January 2nd, 2015, 07:40 PM   #5
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I agree with CharlieHorse, maybe ask her what she would like you to do before doing it. If she has hallucinations of people touching her then if you touch her it might spook her. If you are going to do anything then yes, do it in little steps.

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Old January 2nd, 2015, 08:52 PM   #6
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It's just We haven't talked in a while, but when we do I'll definitely ask her and take it in little steps. Thanks Matty : )

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