Does distraction work to calm someone?

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I dont really understand schizophrenia very much, but someone I know seems to be having an issue of some sort and he is schizophrenic.

If I distract with conversation could that help level him out a bit? He seems to quite paranoid at the minute. My conversation seems to be taking him down memory lane of happy memories at the minute.
I'm trying to help but I'm also conscious of the fact I dont understand schizophrenia and I dont want to try and help when there is a chance my help could be making things worse.
 
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Hi Confused and Anxious,

Right on that note, I would and you can do this on his behalf, contact the crisis team, attached to the community mental health team, and he might well in this urgent instant have to be sectioned meaning admitted in to hospital, for mental health care.

From there, he will be in the most capable hands. Or, alternatively, contact the samaritans, and they can do their utmost by phone, with you or email, to keep an eye on him.


I don't think, a GP would be able to help inthis instance, he does need to be sectioned urgently, this is just my opinon, I am sure, from the moderating team, of MHF, they will be able to help you out with this.

Also, we can't diagnose here at MHF, so it is best, that you contact either of the two, organisations described here.


Best Wishes.
 
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He lives away from friends and family. I dont know if he is under any treatment.
I was going to ring my CPN in the morning for her to check and see if he is under their care.

I am of no relation, but live closer than anyone else. Would the crisis team listen to me?
 
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When I became ill back 2004, I was very ill, with pschosis, mum contacted the mental health field, we were already under a consultant who was in a meeting at the point of time, and he then pointed teh crisis team, to assess, and within hours, or a day, I was then admitted and sectioned.

So in answer to the question, give it a try, it might work, off course, he could be in a entirely different borough of mental health care, and your cpn might not find any records about him.

Or alternatively as I suggest, ring the Samaritans, for their help.

Best wishes.
 
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Ok thank you I will try one of the two.
 
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I called the samaritans. They were great. They helped me realise that this is not my responsibility just because I live the closest. They also told me I could call 111 if he appears to get worse, or just wait until morning to speak to my CPN and see if he is in their system and to share my concerns with them.

The distraction seems to have helped. Hes completely changed topics and away from the paranoia. He tried taking it back there but I ignored that part and kept to the subject. It seemed to work. Thankfully somebody else has started talking to him too
 
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You are a good caring soul I am glad he has you there for him. When I start to go off I am always alone and it is so awful. Just a helping hand would mean so much to him Lots of love and hugs
 
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I'm glad to hear that you would find it helpful. I'm sorry that you've found yourself alone during those times though. Hopefully this forum helps you. It has been a godsend for me.
Thank you
 
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Hi, Confused,

Another great technique for him, and if you can encourage him, off course it might mean purchasing if he doesn't already have, you could try to encourage him to listen to music with headphones, cds, and that could help you and him greatly, until he can seek or you can seek the right medical mental health assistance in the meantime.

Just an idea.
 
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Thank you all :hug:
That is a good idea with the music. I might try and change the conversation to music shortly to put the idea into his head. I know he likes music so it might just make him put some on.

That call with the samaritans really helped me lose the responsibility feeling so I've been able to step back emotionally. After the call tomorrow I will step back completely so that I dont stand a chance of burning myself out.
Not that I'll abandon him, I'll just go back to how it was.
 
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He lives away from friends and family. I dont know if he is under any treatment.
I was going to ring my CPN in the morning for her to check and see if he is under their care.

I am of no relation, but live closer than anyone else. Would the crisis team listen to me?
No harm in trying say you are concerned for hes well being and mental health he may be a risk to himself or others they have to listen at the very leadt will come out for a well ness check
 
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Yep. Theres no harm at all in trying. So far he doesnt seem like a risk to himself or anyone else, although I dont know what's going on under the surface.
Fingers crossed my CPN can help.
 
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Yep. Theres no harm at all in trying. So far he doesnt seem like a risk to himself or anyone else, although I dont know what's going on under the surface.
Fingers crossed my CPN can help.
Hope so just state you think he is a harm to himself you dont want him to do something then regret not saying it just from experience anyway you are doing it out of love it is admirable
 
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Hope so just state you think he is a harm to himself you dont want him to do something then regret not saying it just from experience anyway you are doing it out of love it is admirable
That is a really good point! It's definitely something I should say whether I feel he is a risk or not to encourage them to act on it. I never thought of that.
Thank you!
 
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Hi Confusedand Anxious,

Just touching base how is your acquaintence, in terms of his levels of paranoia, and has he been able to listen to music at all?

Were you able to speak with your cpn?


Best Wishes.
 
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Hi natalie. I'm unsure about the music. He seems to have calmed down a bit, from what I can see from his posts. Or lack of them. There has only been one today which is an improvement.

I did speak to my CPN. She was going to make a note of my concerns. She did tell me that if in the future I have further concerns that I can always contact the crisis team and they will act on it.

From subtle things I picked up during our conversation, I'd say he is in their system. So fingers crossed they can intervene before things escalate.
 

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