I know we all struggle with trying to communicate with our family members when they are delusional, and the LEAP method sometimes work for me with my daughter, but many times it does not. Hoping for any pearls of wisdom, turn of phrase, anything that might be said to convince my daughter her cats aren’t ill. She has just called me from an emergency vet, asking if I will pay for the charges, x-rays and who knows what else. This will be very costly and the cats are not ill, she lives on our property and we see them regularly. I had scheduled check ups for them to ease her mind but she decided not to wait. She has smoked fairly regularly and I’m sure the guilt she feels about the possibility of harming them is feeding into this delusion. She also has been off her meds and is just starting up again…
Can you engage your daughter in a conversation about the symptoms she believes she is seeing in her cats? Sometimes I can help my son by helping him examine the delusion without suggesting he is wrong. I just try to point him in the right direction by researching with him.
Thank you for that suggestion… yes, sometimes that can work temporarily. I’ll give it a try.