I'm writing my first message to this board. My mum was diagnosed a couple of years back and in many respects she's a classic case. People steal or hide things from her (usually my younger brother's girlfriend, and previously her ex partner's daughter - both perceived threats I suppose). These things do happen very regularly - just as often as she can't find something she's hidden in a really ununsual place and can't remember where. I used to feel quite adept at changing the subject but these days she seems quite intent on refusing to be swayed from it. Recently the stories she has come up with are more and more vivid, and very distressing, going into abuses and things I couldn't repeat on here. I live away from home and don't get to spend enough time with her. My two brothers do a grand job seeing her every day and making sure things are ok, but I wonder how many hours per day she sits thinking these thoughts, and this is quite difficult. I read that the routines and company to be found in homes do improve a situation but if anyone tried discussing any kind of home with her she wouldn't like it, but also it would seem absurd as for the most part she seems quite capable of looking after herself. I am not sure what I am expecting back from anyone, I guess if anyone has dealt with any of the above successfuly, or has tips or suggestions for taking her mind away from these things she finds so distressing.