Being able to write down the delusions and hallucinations can be very helpful. It can help put things into better perspective if they can see them written down. The more scared my daughter was of her delusions and hallucinations, they worse they got. When she felt better emotionally, they got less threatening and she was better able to reality check. Not all the hallucinations and delusions are nasty, some are quite pleasant (some are REALLY REALLY NOT). They could be very amusing, tell her nice things about herself. She has gotten so used to them and they are under control at this time so she feels like she would miss them if they were gone. These voices are now her friends, they have been through all the rough times when her real friends abandoned her. Even though it’s hard for me to understand what it’s like, if they aren’t torturing her, and she can function, I’m fine with it. My screen name, is because I am one of 21 angles she has watching over her (she made a list and all kinds of people were on it-celebrities, people she knew-people I’d never heard of. Now that is a pleasant delusion, is it not-to think you have angles helping and watching over you?) At this point her negative symptoms and cognitive deficits worry me more than her positive symptoms.
I am so glad you got some insight that helped you empathize, I think they need empathy and it’s hard to imagine what it;s like for our kids to struggle with this.