Can delusions be resolved?
June 2, 2011 5:26 PM Subscribe
Is it possible to address the emotional underpinnings of my grandma's delusions?
posted by abirdinthehand to Human Relations (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My grandma has dementia, she is 91. My parent's are her primary care givers and I live far away. I recently visited her and although she clearly is delusional, I can see that these persistent thoughts stem from very real feelings about her current situation.
All the advice about dealing with the delusions and dementia that I have found say basically empathize then distract. I want to know if I"m just seeing patterns or if we can actually address these feelings and thereby reduce the agitating delusions.
Here is one example: My father is in control of her finances. She believes he is low on funds and using her money to buy his friends and himself expensive items. (none of this is true)
(This appears to be a text book example, many people seem to get delusions of stealing.)
BUT if you let her go on, she always talks about the impact of this being that she cannot stay in the assisted living place and will have to move out and be homeless and that my parents don't like having her near them(they aren't allowing her to spend money on herself or aren't spending money on her).
So is it possible to tease out these underlying issues and focus on resolving them, or will another delusion just pop up in it's place?