Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Family member having breakdown


#1

My sister in the last month sold everything she had in her apartment. All her furniture and said it was pissed with demons and have up her place to live. Quit her job of 13 years and is now walking the streets. She will not live with any of her siblings cause she says our place of residence is posse with demons. She walks around outside with no shirt on. I do not know what to do to get her some help. The hospitals will not keep her cause she not threaten to harm herself or anyone else. She has never in her 50 years been like this.


#2

Maybe if she saw a doctor? Have you asked her about that? You could use some trick, since it is for her own good, like tell her that the doc is an exorcist and that she will do her good.


#3

Sincerely I do not know how you could help her. People may be possessed with demons, which is why I do not know if she is sz. Do these demons talk to her? Sometimes people just needs to discover by themselves a right path. I do not think that tricking her to go to a doctor is a right way, she would figure it out any way and this would make her situation worse when she would not trust you any longer at all. Sorry I do not know what to do


#4

She acts normal when she gets around the doctors.


#5

Call the crisis number next time she is around you . They will come out and evaluate her. We did that with my brother. Maybe something could happen from there.
Im sorry you are going through this. It is scary.


#6

Welcome to the forum @blessed

Please look at these sites:
http://www.leapinstitute.org/ - under resources are free videos on using LEAP
LEAP is a way of communicating to build trust. Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner.

http://dramador.com/ - Dr. Xavier Amador is a clinical psychologist whose brother had schizophrenia. He is the founder of the LEAP Institute. Wrote the book: I’m Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! Can buy from his website.

Search Xavier Amador on YouTube for more videos

http://ourhealthyminds.com/family-handbook/communication/Building-a-collaborative-relationship-leap.html
Building A Collaborative Relationship “LEAP”

http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/index.php - under problems you will see anosognosia
Anosognosia looks like denial but is different.

http://lesswrong.com/lw/e25/bayes_for_schizophrenics_reasoning_in_delusional/ - helped my understand delusions

(May 26, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky finishes his lecture on language and then dives into his discussion about schizophrenia. He discusses environmental factors as well as genetic characteristics that could apply to people who are affected. He describes schizophrenia as a disease of thought disorder and inappropriate emotional attributes.

http://www.nami.org/ - National Alliance on Mental Illness.
http://www.schizophrenia.ca/ - Schizophrenia Society of Canada

Can also find some very useful information here:
http://schizophrenia.com/
Getting Treatment for People When They Lack Insight into Their Illness http://schizophrenia.com/invol.html


#7

She got admitted to the hospital. Last night. They put a state hold on her for 72 hours to evaluation. Of her. Thanks


#8

@BarbieBF thank you for posting the lecture video from Stanford! It was extremely informative & a great reference!