I have a close family member(A) that I believe may have schizophrenia. He has been hospitalized once, a couple years ago for strange behavior. In public, he was not speaking to anyone but getting in front of people and staring at them. Since then, he has described how certain organizations were after him. At first, he described corruption in the local area and how they were targeting him. More recently, he has mentioned how the government is targeting him. Recently, he also said that his neighbors were harassing him and kept making loud noises to keep him awake late in the night. My guess is that these loud noises were hallucinations or a by-product of the extreme sensitivity of the senses that happens in schizophrenia. He also mentioned how his neighbors were cursing at him though the walls and harassing him. He also said that there were “rumblings”. Since then, he has come to stay with me and another close family member (B) and does not experience any more of the distressing noises. A, however, has not opposed his earlier views that he has been targeted by the government.
Another difficult issue, however, is that the other close family member (B), one senior to me in age, is not acknowledging the possibility of schizophrenia or any other mental problems for A. B actually believes that A is being harassed and targeted by the government, and also believes some of the other bizarre things that A has described (including that A is targeted by the government and using psychotropic weapons). B, and A, become very irritable when I state that I don’t believe the government is targeting A. I stated to B that we should take A to see some sort of psychotherapist, but B opposes the idea.
A, however seem to be functioning quite healthily otherwise. A has a steady job where he is successful. A also gets out in public about every day. I don’t believe I can do much now, especially without the cooperation of B. I would like the three of us to go to a mental health professional, but the other two oppose the idea. I’m hoping that, with time and reflection, B will start to understand the possibility of schizophrenia for A and join me in giving A the best support A needs.
I am employed, but somewhat financially dependent on A (and B). In the meantime, my plan is to become more financially independent of A and B so that I can make the best decisions without fear of financial retribution.
Thanks for your time in reading my post. Does this sound like schizophrenia or could it be other mental issues? Please let me know if you have any advice or insight in doing what is best for A, B, and me.