My sister is 42, a doctor, married and has a 6 year old daughter. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia 5 years ago, she thinks her husband wants to torture her, take her daughter away, spys on her, everything that she sees or reads is an agenda created by her husband to destroy her.
My parents moved her to their house and she made a full recovery. Remembered all she had done and being a doctor herself decided to stay on medication, she went back to work and her husband.
After 5 years she stopped taking her meds and relapsed. I have always tried to calm her down by agreeing with her delusions but that has always been over the phone and the times I have visited she was calm. This week I was visiting because she is very unwell and one afternoon she was asleep after taking her meds and I walked into her room and she got startled and screamed like she had seen a ghost. I got very scared myself because I saw her face change into someone I didn’t recognise and she looked at me like she had seen a ghost. However she calmed down immediately and said she wanted to see a doctor and she is worried for her daughter.
Though the medication has been reinstated two weeks ago and an injection was administered 4 days ago, she is still calls me numerous times a day and talks about how she thinks she should die or why is it that she is under attack and nobody is bothered.
We are keeping her daughter away from her as much as it’s possible, but today she told her daughter that there is a spy kid in her class and he will try to approach her daughter and if he does, she will change her school. My mother immediately intervened and removed the kid from the situation.
But how long will the meds take? Will she normalise soon? I am scared of her, how do I get myself out of this feeling? Should we keep telling her lies and making up fake scenarios just to calm her down? How do we manage her daughter? It’s so heartbreaking and painful