Is my friend okay?

I'm a bit worried about her. My friend keeps having paranoid and irrational thoughts. My friend has been a paranoid person for a while. She confided in me that she thinks the government somehow knows her thoughts. She thinks that they have electronics that is able to tell what her thoughts are. She also thinks her headphones are able to know what her thoughts are. She thinks the headphones have something in it that connects it to her thoughts. And it's like the paranoia comes and goes. It's like the paranoia goes away just for it to come right back.

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  • idk sounds like schizophrenia

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    • She functions fine though. Seems normal and hasn't been seeing anything or hearing voices.

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      • Many schizos don’t hear voices in the beginning. And your friend sounds like she’s a likely mildly schizophrenic.

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      • Dude its called being intuitive and shes stating facts!
        The gvt plays a little game called Psyc Op with this whole agenda an shes in touch with the reality of what's really going on.
        The GVT stalks our thoughts amd tracks us with our phones and now thei bio weapon jab.
        You're friend is not paranoid nor mentally ill.
        Shes one of the rare ones whos awake and the rest of people commenting on here are delusional and mentally ill

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        • Who knows, you could be right.

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  • Sounds like psychosis. Its treatable using antipsychotic medication.

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  • These are obviously delusional beliefs, and having delusional thought patterns can cause all sorts of problems in life. So therefore your friend is clearly not all right.

    I'm not a psychiatrist, but what you describe sounds to me a lot like paranoid schizophrenia. This normally manifests in late adolescence or early adulthood. Something counting against this diagnosis is the fact that your friend is a woman; the vast majority of people with paranoid schizophrenia are men. My understanding is that this has led researchers to believe that there must be some link between the malady and sex hormones, but it's not clear what that might be. You say that the symptoms seem to come and go, and I wonder if there might be some link between them and her menstrual cycle. I have no idea if her delusions are basically all down to a hormonal imbalance of some sort, but hormones can definitely do strange things to our thought processes.

    I'm sure this is very difficult for you and others who care about her to deal with. If she's not actually doing anything or making threats that suggest she's a danger to herself or others, there's really nothing much you can do about her delusions. Nobody can force her to seek medical advice.

    It seems to me that the best you can do it talk to her about your concerns when she's in one of her more rational states and try to convince her to see a doctor or at least a counsellor.

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/192621#symptoms

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    • What you call delusions happen way before her menstrual cycle. And the vast majority of sociopaths are men, but they still diagnose women with Antisocial personality disorder, right?

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      • Sociopathy and schizophrenia are two completely different things.

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        • I know. You missed my point.

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      • Has she been assessed for Borderline Personality Disorder and/or been forced into sectioning?

        Could she maybe have PMDD?

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        • No. And I can say for sure she doesn't have BPD.

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  • Sounds like a psychological disorder. Sometimes these people can fear getting help, so it is best to try and be slow and understanding with them.

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  • How old is she?

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    • 23

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      • So she's old enough to seek help or be forum 1ed. I would try reaching out to her family doctor. Does she use any drugs?

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        • It's not my place to reach out to her family doctor. And no, she does not use any drugs.

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  • Is your friend every IIN user ever?

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  • aw sweet new schizo thread

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    • Yeah, cute right?

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  • I’d say paranoia, maybe psychosis if it’s consuming everything she does/says.

    Counter point, even if they could...who gives a shit.

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    • Not really understanding what you're talking about in the last sentence.

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      • By "counter point", I think he means "on the other hand" or "mind you".

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        • But who's "they" and what does he mean by "even if they could". I have no idea what he is talking about.

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          • 'They' is also the gender-neutral word for 'he' or 'she'. Tommy was talking about your friend, in the gender-neutral singular form.

            English teachers shy away from teaching 'they' as a gender-neutral he/she because it's only just becoming standard usage, although people have in fact been using 'they' informally in this way for years in situations where they don't know or can't specify gender. If you think about it, 'they' is the only pronoun that could possibly replace 'he' or 'she': to use 'it' would be insulting because the implication would be that the person being talked about isn't a human being, and 'I', 'you' or 'we' would just be confusing.

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            • I know. I didn't know if tommythecaty was talking about the government or my friend. And I didn't understand why he was saying "if they could" at first.

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          • Read your own post.

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            • Yeah, that's right.

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