- Mental Health
How to Help Victims of Gang Stalking
People who believe that they are being secretly investigated or under mind control by the government or other powers call themselves "targeted individuals." These individuals have no logical reason to believe that the government would be interested in them. They are average citizens who believe that every stranger that passes them on the street is part of a gang stalking or organized stalking effort to monitor their daily lives.
Targeted individuals are often under a considerable amount of distress and anxiety. They suspect that they are being watched and followed. A targeted individual might think that government agents are breaking into their homes at night and drugging them or moving their things. It is important to understand that even though these stories are hard to believe, the person is experiencing tremendous stress due to these beliefs.
I'm writing this because I have a friend who has paranoid schizophrenia who went through a period of time during which he thought he was a targeted individual. He believed that it was the work of these people who were gang stalking him any time he was turned down for a job or something else did not go right. He believed he was under surveillance at all times.
Any person with a background in psychology or mental health would understand that this is truly paranoid schizophrenia. It's very sad that so many people cling to the idea of being a targeted individual and are therefore trapped in this idea that they are constantly watched and sabotaged rather than getting help for their schizophrenia. Paranoid schizophrenia is a treatable illness. There is no need to suffer through these delusions.
Paranoid schizophrenia is a mental illness that causes people to believe that they are being persecuted, watched, or controlled by other people, organizations, or even aliens. People with paranoid schizophrenia may even suffer from hallucinations during which they may see or hear things that are not there. For example, another friend of mine who has paranoid schizophrenia heard his name called through the radio and thought the people on the radio were talking about him.
These hallucinations and delusions match the claims people make about being targeted individuals. Friends and family need to encourage the person to seek treatment from a psychiatrist. People who are close to the "targeted individual" should understand that even though the person's hallucinations and delusions are not based on reality, they are very real to the person experiencing them.
If the person is refusing to get treatment, the family or friends may need to determine if the person is a danger to themselves or others. I've seen video clips of people who believe they are targeted individuals confronting strangers and even following someone whom they believe to be gang stalking. This, of course, could be extremely dangerous if they confront someone and that person attacks them or hurts the "targeted individual" while defending themselves. If the mentally ill person will not listen to the honest concerns of friends and family, the family may want to talk to the mental health hospital, emergency room at the local hospital, or psychiatrist for suggestions on how to proceed.
Of course, there is a chance that the targeted individual does not have paranoid schizophrenia. There is a chance that the person has a different mental illness. Consulting a psychiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment is critical for helping the targeted individuals to confront the truth of their illness and manage their symptoms effectively.