Lets liven it up a little bit! I hope everyone knows that not all delusions are scary and sad. There are some people who live in a fantasy world of unicorns and rainbows. Not a lot…but some! This specific patient believed that she had already passed over to the other side. I guess that would make me an angel right? I will call her Catherine. Catherine was a larger women in her late 20’s. She was the sweetest woman I had ever met. She would call me Honey all the time. When I first met her she was sitting at the table in the dayroom browsing through 4th of July ads planning her 4th of July party. She wanted to have a carnival and lots of food! Throughout the shift Catherine would preach to the other patients telling them to repent and return to their Heavenly families, but not in a tyrant, angry way!. Later when It was time for bed she came up to me and my co-worker and said , ” I’m afraid to go to sleep.” We said, ” Why, whats wrong?” She said, ” Well the thing is, I don’t want to go anywhere, I want to stay here tonight, I don’t want to go up in a spaceship or cross over to the other side just yet.” I took her to her room and reassured her over and over that I would not let anything or anyone take her away and that she would definitely stay here all night. She wanted me to sit by her bed all night just to make sure, but when I told her I couldn’t she quickly understood. As it neared the early morning, she suddenly awoke and came out to the hallway where I was and said very urgently, ” When will I see John?” I replied in a very confused manner, ” John who??” She said with almost an annoyance that I didn’t know who she was referring to, ” John the Beloved!” I stood there shocked and simply said, ” In a few hours.” She nodded and said, ” Ok.” and went back to bed. I guess she thought she had crossed over anyways.
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- Psychotic Depression: Losing Touch With Reality (everydayhealth.com)
- Psychosis (drawaphy.wordpress.com)
- Dealing With Hallucinations and Delusions in Alzheimer’s (everydayhealth.com)
- Anti-psychotic drugs making girl (16) move like elderly woman, court told (irishtimes.com)
- Delusions, Suspicions, and Fears in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias (goinggentleintothatgoodnight.com)