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Best friend had a love affair with a man who loves me, imagining fictitious things. Treatment?

my friend....she is 22 yrs old...she is mentally suffering from some problem....she had an love affair but that man didnt love her instead he loved me...also she imagines that boy as her classmate, i have explained much but she never listened it is getting serious....we have been best friends for the last 10 yrs but now she is avoiding me...plz tell me what to do...?
Asked On : Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Thanks for your query. It could be infatuation that is normal for this age which would require sorting out the issue with help of a few common friends or the person concerned (your boyfriend) himself. However, if other facts you report are true like your friend wrongly claiming your boy-friend as her classmate and so on, it could mean underlying psychotic illness like erotomania (persistent delusional disorder) which i do not expect to be in this case. Hence i would suggest you try to sort out the same at the level of your friends initially and seek psychiatric evaluation if required later on.
Dr Sundar Gnanavel
Answered: Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Kulbir Singh's  Response
Hello and thanks for the query
This a common problem that occur at teen age or college life. You have to handle it very sensitively and explain your friend about the problem. If you also love that guy than you can not done much. If not than you can explain that friendship is much bigger than affairs. We can have a friend forever but not boyfriend. You can also take also take a help of your friend who can explain the thing better for you.
Do not worry everything will get better.
Best Wishes
Answered: Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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