My family has been dysfunctional for years and years - in fact, as long as I can remember. Last year I started to read about Delusional Disorder and it was like a lightbulb going on. My mother has been being'persecuted' by prowlers all my life. She makes constant phone-calls to Police and has caused a lot of trouble by accusing neighbours of prowling in almost every house she has ever lived in. Otherwise, she is quite competent and handles many things in her life okay, but seems to need to eb in constant conflict with someone or something.
I now think she has DD this may have been a contributory factor to all the family dysfunction all these years, to the nasty divorce between my parents and to a lot of unhappiness and dysfunction among my siblings.
At the moment Mother lives on her own and has been particularly bad - she thinks 4 or 5 groups of people are trying to force her out of her small seaside town.
Recently I confronted her (as kindly as I could) over this. I said I thought she may have DD and gave her some material to read. You can imagine how she reacted. It may have been a mistake but it is too late now.
She has got a lot, lot worse and wants nothing to do with me and my family, including her grandchildren, until we say we believe her.
She writes me long letters trying to convince me about her delusions.
In a way it would be a lot easier to go along and not see her but I do feel it is not her fault, now that I understand she is ill. What should I do and how can I get her along to a doctor?
And, what do I tell my children (aged 12 and 8) who only see her when she is being a lovely Nana - she never seems to need to talk to them about the prowlers etc.