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- "Are you having a hallucination? Is this person telling you to hurt yourself or anyone else?"
- "No one is there."
- "Hi Cheryl! How are you?"
- "Cheryl, go away and stop bothering him."
It is important to point out hallucinations and stay in reality. Safety is always the priority, so by staying in reality and calling it a hallucination and asking if this hallucination is instructing them to harm themselves or another person is crutial. Saying no one is there is dismissive. Speaking to "Cheryl" will only continue this hallucination. Telling "Cheryl" to go away does not bring reality into the situation, is dissmissive, and the patient didn't indicate that "Cheryl" was bothering him, so he may feel that this is controlling.
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