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Tue Mar 9, 2021, 05:28 PM

A friend had a breakdown [View all]

She had a terrifying, paranoid breakdown. I was witness to her illogical stories, delusions, and hallucinations. I just listened and tried to remain neutral until help could be arranged. It took some time but finally those pieces came together and she spent a month in the mental hospital where she was released with meds and no follow-up. (Now I realize there is really not much help for anyone who is seriously mentally ill unless one meets the standard of "harm to self or others."

Upon release, she visited me to make sure I knew she was not really in a mental hospital but a safe house. She told me the doctor I talked with and all the patients there were really actors and the building is now empty. She was in a state better than being terrified as she was before so upon advice from her doctor I insisted that she really was in a hospital and the doctor and patients were real. Her response was very familiar to me - according to her, I just did not know what was really going on but she did. Eventually, I would find out that she was right. She had supreme confidence in knowing "what was really going on."

I relate this story because her post-hospitalization self is the same as the right-wingers and Q people I have come across. I have seen them take over neighborhood websites with their delusions, dissolve family relationships etc, with the same assurance that they are "in the know" and anyone who disagrees is not. My rather intelligent friend now has a mind that has snapped shut due to mental illness and the RW and Q's have minds that have snapped shut as well, I do believe there is mental illness at work for them too.

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