I'm very concerned about a friend of mine who has epilepsy and I'm also pretty sure she's experiencing delusions or some sort of psychosis as well. She contacted me on Facebook a month or two ago and told me that she had some news - apparently a guy from quite a famous band (here in Australia) had written some songs about her. At the time, this seemed quite plausible as she has been involved in the music industry and has been playing gigs around the city she now lives in (she apparently met this musician at a gig). Then a few weeks later she told me that this guy was stalking her. I started to get worried when she told me this of course. Then she could hear music playing through the streets (songs that this guy had written about her) and also people telling her that she was a 'b&$&@' and a 's$&!'. I started to get really worried. I asked her if she had told anyone else about this and apparently she hadn't, but she had asked her flat mate if he could hear the music too and he said no. As she lived in a different city from our hometown at this stage I couldn't visit her and I made the decision to contact her parents. I'm still not sure if I did the right thing but I was starting to panic.
When I called her parents they didn't seem too worried. Apparently she had planned to move back with them for a few months over Christmas anyhow. I felt like they were offended and a bit upset that I called :( The thing that made me call them was that she said she had knocked on her neighbour's door at 5am to ask them if they could hear the music. I started to worry about her safety. Because of her parent's cool reaction to my call, I decided to email her dad and tell him everything she had told me. I got no reply.
Anyhow, my friend is now back in my local area living with her parents for a few months (according to her she is back because she was getting too well known with her music and she also had to escape this guy 'stalking' her). I have had her out to stay with me twice. The first time was ok, but she wanted to look this guy (the musician that is stalking her) on YouTube for quite a lot of the night. The second time, we were sitting out on my balcony on a very quiet night and she asked me if I could hear people talking. I could not and told her this. She then replied that she has super sensitive hearing (there was NO noise and I live in a remote area in the country).
Anyhow, if you're still reading then thank you! I got a text from her last night to ask me if I had spoken to her dad. I was really worried that she'd be angry or lose trust in me if she found out ( that's why I'm not sure if I did the right thing). I didn't want to lie to her so I replied that I did mention to him that I was worried about her. She replied that she does not have any mental health problems, but 'you know who' is now stalking her at her parents house and that things had been difficult. Now, this musician that she thinks is stalking her is NOT in this area (I checked his instagram just to be 1000% sure).
From what I've told you, do you think her delusions could be associated with her epilepsy? Or does it sound more like schizophrenia? I asked her how her epilepsy is going and she said 'ok', but I think she is having partial seizures as she often does not repose when you talk to her and she can have a very blank stare.
I'm really worried about her. I don't think her parents are very switched on. They care, but I do not think they have the skills or initiative to do much. I considered writing a letter to her specialist to explain my concerns. Is this a silly thing to do? Would he read it? My friend seems to have no insight that the things she is telling me are a bit unbelievable. I haven't challenged her as such, but I've tried asking lots of probing questions about how she knows he's stalking her, etc. I'm scared that if I challenge her she will stop confiding in me.
Thanks! I used my phone to type this post so it's been very arduous. I would appreciate any thoughts or advice.