Some of the delusions our daughter has had sound very similar. The delusion is very real to her, last anywhere from a couple days to on going …forever really. Mostly, I believe she will say the belief is different only because we’ve expressed gentle opposing thought suggestions about the delusion.
Most recent, similar to your lived one was like this:
Her: I’m really pissed off. I can’t believe people can just steal from people. I mean who so they think they are. Just taking things.
Me: no, its not right for people to steal, that’s for sure. I’d be upset to. Has something happened?
Her: yea, the neighbor, the one with the horses. He told me he was going to take my nieces soul essence, her life force. I told him, you can’t do that! He wouldn’t listen, so I told him to take mine and save my niece, she’s just a little girl. So…he did! He just took it. Now I’m not whole. Part of me is gone! And u am so pissed off about this…ahhhhh!!! (Head flops to the lap, exasperated and angry, while lightly pulling at her hair)
Me: why do you think he did that?
Her: I don’t know??? He just did and its not right.
The verbal discussion carried on for a little longer, she regrouped and tried to get busy with something to change her thoughts.
But this particular incident (delusion) kept her really angry for THREE DAYS!
My husband was taking a plate to the neighbor who was unable to attend a small gathering. Same neighbor as above. Daughter asked to ride along. I mentioned that he was “the one” and encouraged her to go. To see if she could recognize he was “okay” and harmless. She actually agreed. She stayed in the car while husband went to the door, but nevertheless, she was willing to potentially get near the “bad guy”.
There had been some conversation about the illness and how her brain can trick her with strange thoughts, etc. Also that the neighbor was a very kindhearted man who wouldn’t intentionally harm anyone.
I was proud that she “stepped through” what I considered a huge barrier belief and ride along to deliver the food.
Didn’t go to the door, but didn’t cower away either.
Sometimes, it is just sooo difficult for me to tell what is true and what is false. At times, she’s so calm and, may I say, seeming normal while explaining a situation…for me, its the story or storyline that clues me that it’s a delusional moment.
Hope that helps…even just a little☺