I’ve been meaning to write this for a few weeks, but I never posted it because I thought it contained too much information about her, even though I used a fake name for her to keep her privacy. She’s a good friend of mine so I don’t want to pour out too much information that she trusts me with—she doesn’t use websites like this in the first place, but I want to respect this.
I’m also on my phone at school so I can’t really write too much either since it’s not as easily manipulated as a computer keyboard. [Update: Currently at my house so I have access to a computer.]
Also, mods, if you feel that this thread should be locked, by all means, do so.
My friend, who I’ll be calling Abby, has been having pretty strange beliefs since last year. Abby has been getting interested in spiritual things, such as witchcraft and all that. While I have some spirituality in me myself, I personally don’t believe in this part, but I didn’t mind that this was interesting to her. Before she fully started getting into this, she told me that she knew that she had past lives, one of them being a witch, so it’s kind of inevitable that she started getting interested in this. I brushed it off at first, but as time went on, her beliefs started becoming worrying. I don’t know if it’s a weird phase that she’s going through, but these beliefs of hers are rather deep-seated.
Since I don’t want to divulge too much information nor do I want to spend the current time I have talking with extra details, I’ll provide a list of some of the things that I recall that have worried me the most.
Amidst some boy drama earlier this year, she told me that she was going to put a temporary curse on the boy in question.
While her brother was sick, Abby thought that he had leukemia because of a dream/vision she had, when in fact he only had the flu because it was flu season at the time. Abby genuinely believed that he had it and thought that he got it from due to her intense dislike of him. This is probably one of the more worrying examples for me because she genuinely believed that he was going to die and that it was ‘her fault’.
More recently, she asked me if I could hear/see a ghost behind me. She then proceeded to tell me about the ghost’s life and her personality, with Abby also believing that other ghosts followed me around. As much as I hate to admit it, I went along with it because I didn’t know what to do in the moment.
I’ve talked with another girl friend who has mental health issues for some help and she told me that I should try and offer Abby some resources to help her, but that if she refuses it, there’s not much I can do. Today I looked for some websites that offer help for psychosis and whatnot, but I’m picky about them since this situation is difficult for me and I don’t know how to go along with it since Abby’s beliefs are ingrained in her head and she has a friend who seems to have the same mindset as her. I’m just frustrated because Abby is an amazing person and friend but all of this worries me because she is mentally ill herself and she doesn’t realize what’s happening. I want to help her but at the same time I feel as if I should give up (both because I’m afraid of confronting her about her delusions and because I’m exasperated, especially since I’ve never been in a situation like this before).
Since we’re all on this forum for an obvious reason, I want to get advice or literally just anything in regards to this. Resources would obviously be helpful, but I’ll accept anything.