I've been quarantining alone with my mate since early March, seeing my therapist (service-related CPTSD, Major Depression) once a week via Zoom is the only time I get to speak to anyone else.
My mate's apparently got a rip-roaring case of systemic Lupus, and suffered a serious and non-recoverable head injury in a car wreck a year and a half ago. She's easily confused, highly labile, and in chronic and debilitating pain and illness. She has no health insurance, and human services and Social Security and Medicaid have all been spectacularly unhelpful.
According to her, at least four other houses (led by our arch-villain next door neighbor) are spying on us; with computer and phone taps and secret motion detectors. They're beaming ultrasonic waves at us, and the odd car horn, car alarm, or the malfunctioning street light down the lane is really a means of signaling each other regarding our activities. They're slowly poisoning her garden and foliage. People are sneaking around in our woods at night. They've moved the markers at the corners of our property, and secretly moved the fences and phone poles to disguise the fact. Whatever evil they're doing, they're creating foul miasmic fumes and odors making her sick...which only she can smell.
Often as not nowadays, I awake to this litany of crazy first thing in the morning, listen to it all day long, and she's often frenetically ranting about it as we go to bed at night. I've installed security cameras (they know how to defeat them), repeatedly measured off our property with survey in hand, a 100' tape & flags (you're wrong) paid for two (expensive) surveys (what if they're part of the conspiracy?), researched and learned that ultrasonic devices are hugely ineffective, have a range of < 300', and don't penetrate foliage, much less buildings (you're wrong), pointed out that it was highly unlikely anyone could rearrange phone poles without our noticing; what with us being home 24/7 due to the COVID-19 quarantine and all (you're wrong).
When I try to apply reason & logic using empiricism and reality testing, she has flaming meltdowns and screaming hissy fits, gets verbally abusive, and threatens to leave me (or worse). When I try to apply empathy and compassion, acknowledging her fear and validating her need to feel safe, she has flaming meltdowns and screaming hissy fits, gets verbally abusive, and threatens to leave me (or worse). As I mentioned before, I have problems of my own, including depression, introversion, & Asperger's; I often struggle to interact and respond appropriately in the best of circumstances; I haven't a clue how to deal constructively with this.
I've been up since 2:00 AM. Any moment, she'll awake, and the whole thing will start anew, and no matter what I do or how hard I try to help, it won't stop. It's just really, really hard right now.