My husband and I believe that his brother may be schizophrenic. His mom is schizophrenic and we think his brother may be showing signs of it as well. He’s had lots of hallucinations as of late - mostly thinking that his wife is sleeping with people or people are in his house.
Just this morning, he called the police thinking that there were people breaking into his house. The police came and had him Baker Acted, since he lives in Florida. So at least for the next 72 hours, he’ll be under some sort of care. And a few weeks prior, he as on a cruise with his wife, and thought he saw her being intimate with some friends on the cruise. The friends weren’t even on the cruise. He got so hysterical that he had to be tranquilized and flown off the cruise ship to a hospital in Florida. His wife has recently left him, because she just couldn’t deal with his accusations of cheating and walking around their house with a gun trying to find the guy.
My brother-in-law lives in Florida, and my husband and I are Georgia and we feel absolutely helpless. Because my husband’s mom is schizophrenic and heavily medicated, she isn’t of much help. The wife is so distraught with all of this, and doesn’t have any money or a car, to deal with this. So this leaves my husband and I as pretty much the only competent adults, that could do something to help - but we just don’t know what we can do though.
Supposedly my brother-in-law has been seeing a doctor - but we don’t know what kind and if he is even on medication. We only hear filtered stories through my husband’s mom, and she leaves out facts to protect his ego. Plus, whatever she does hear from her son, isn’t always true. My husband has tried calling his brother multiple times, but they’ve never gotten along well, and he won’t answer his calls. My husband is contemplating going down to Florida to get some straight facts.
What can we legally do to get my brother-in-law the help that he needs? Do we have him put into a mental hospital? Can we do that since he’s an adult or would he have to admit himself? Any suggestions of what we could do, would be greatly appreciated.