My younger brother visited us this last week to get away from the place he was staying. He lives with his stepdad and was told he needed to go to a mental hospital, and basically ran away to stay at our place. He was up most of the time talking to himself. He keeps saying he’s “channeling” people from the “ether” and gets mad if we interrupt him even if it’s on accident.
He’s been sick almost a year now and refuses to get help. Now he’s telling family that he is taking medicine which is an obvious lie, we know where he goes and he won’t go to a doctor.
Anyway I didn’t really feel safe at night because he kept saying that I was talking to him telepathically and saying I wanted to kill him. He’s a really big guy and is intimidating when he gets mad.
I think I realize now what my mom had to deal with when I was delusional in 2015. It’s exhausting. You never know what they are thinking and never know what you could do that will set them off.
My delusions went away years ago, because of medication and therapy. I was in treatment from day one because I was dealing with a bipolar diagnosis since long before I got sz symptoms.
So two of my mom’s three kids got it, if the third one gets it, it will be the ultimate tragedy. The crazy thing is nobody on my mom’s side had it, and my brother and I only share one common parent, our mom.
I don’t know how caretakers deal with actively psychotic loved ones. I feel like someone should be in a hospital if they are psychotic, we just don’t have the resources for round the clock care and without medicine he’s just getting worse.
I got sick at age 30 (7 years ago), he got sick at age 28 (just this year), so the time of onset is pretty similar. I really hope he can recover at least as well as I have. Part of me is worried he might get violent at some point, because of how angry he gets with the people who care for him the most.
Also I should note he already assaulted my stepdad, and a charge was put on him, but when we called them later on and had him picked up, they just dropped him back off an hour later with papers for a court date in April. It’s gonna be a really long four months.
We had one incident 10 or so years ago before either of us got sick, where we got into an argument and he punched me, broke my nose, and strangled me for half a minute… so I worry he could do it again especially now that he’s sick. I’m not going to call anybody personally because I rely on my mother for housing, so I am gonna let her make all the calls, but every minute he’s over I’m scared. He’s currently bouncing between his mom’s, his dad’s, and his grandparents’ houses. He can’t seem to stay in one place for any length of time. I wish my mom would say he can’t stay here, so things would be easier for me, but maybe that’s selfish. I mean he does have two other places to live.