Hi, I’m new here and just really don’t know where else to turn to for help or at least a starting point. My mother was diagnosed a little over 10 years ago. We dealt with it without meds for a while but eventually she attempted suicide and was hospitalized. From there she was transferred to a mental institute, sorry I don’t know what else to call it at the moment. She was getting in patient treatments and was there for about 14 days. When she came home she took her medications and went to all of her appointments and seemed back to herself just lacked some energy. But then she refused to take her meds and started giving my dad a hard time about the appointments. Things were fine for a while but the voices came back and so did the hallucinations and paranoia. We just dealt with it as it came because we were told we couldn’t do anything unless she was a danger to herself or others. She always made threats but never followed through.
Fast forward to present time and she seems to be getting worse or at least I think so. She seems to have developed a bit of a hoarding problem in the last few years and has also become obsessed with a man she met. She’s done this before with the priest at our church to where the priest asked to be transferred out. A few months ago she was hospitalized for the second time and was involuntarily admitted. A lot of drama happened with an aunt who just hated the place, she made threats and needless to say they released my mom the next night. I know it’s a lot of information but I figured it would help to know her case a bit. Anyway, we are stuck and don’t know what to do to get her to see a doctor and take meds. She says there is nothing wrong with her and that it’s all witch craft being done to her by my dad and many other people. My parents live together but sleep in separate rooms and have since she was diagnosed. My dad is extremely stressed out because she is always threatening to hurt him, she can’t control her spending, and because of her obsession with this guy she met who is also married and has never given her the time of day. She also has taken out many credit cards which I don’t understand how because she doesn’t have a job. She has pawned all of her jewelry and lost it all. She makes wild accusations about my dad trying to kill and rape her and how he is gay and just so much nonsense. This has destroyed our family and we just want her back to how she was. Is there anything at all we can do to get her the help she needs? I’m always scared I will get a phone call that she either killed herself or my father. It’s just not fair to live in constant fear and concern. I know we aren’t the only family but how do we core and help?