Last night we had a member who is obviously suffering from targeting delusions – @Connor1 – asking to be referred to Web sites of people suffering the same so they can delve deeper into them. This was obviously unhealthy.
Could I ask for those who have dealt with, or who are currently dealing with targeting delusions, to share what is working for them in terms of developing insight into their illness and reducing their ongoing positive symptoms?
Early on the inside of my head was an X-files episode. I was convinced I was being targeted by alien colonists because I could tune into their broadcasts via leaks from my implanted pacemaker. Gaining insight into the fact that these were delusions took medication, therapy, and a lot of conscious effort on my part to push this crud back into the corner of my mind where it belongs. I’m still dealing with residual stuff every so often, but it no longer dominates my life.
I am SO thankful that I got treatment for this – meds especially – before the Internet was a common fixture in everyone’s homes. I am sure I would have found some targeting ‘support’ communities and managed to make myself that much sicker. This is probably the only time you’ll ever hear me admit that not having Net access was a good thing for me.
In terms of meds, I have to be honest and admit that even the ones I hated the most, Haldol and Zyprexa, did give me relief. I strongly recommend medication for those with persistent targeting delusions.
Anyone else have something they can share?