My name is Leanne and my mother’s brother is a paranoid schizophrenic. It’s a REALLY long story - he has been ‘diagnosed’ but he is unconvinced that he has any mental illness.
We have a restraining order against him, as he has for the past three years sent threatening and messages of violent-intent to members of my family (mainly my mother, who has always been the one closest to him and who cared about him more than anyone).
I am so tired of seeing my mom cry over him. He believes she speaks in his head, telling him to commit suicide. He also believes she has ruined his life, hacking into all his computers and social media (which he says lost him his jobs and reputation in New York City, where he has worked as a very successful celebrity makeup artist and beautician since 2001).
He also has mentioned in Facebook messages to me that she and his other siblings are using a device from the military to control his thoughts.
None of us know how to help or what to do. We have been told by police that unless he harms himself or another person, we can’t really do much. He has attempted suicide three times and threatens to murder my mom.
What can I do?! Where do we turn … our family is so close. He was so close to us. We don’t understand what he has become or how we can help him. He is estranged because we are afraid of him but he keeps contacting us with horrible threats, despite our restraining order against him.
Please, any advice would be greatly appreciated. We want him back, happy and healthy… but he doesn’t think anything is wrong with him. :’( HELP.