I have a close friend (27 yr old) who had gone missing last week but was found a few days later in a mental hospital about 2 hours from home in Palm Beach County, Florida. He was diagnosed as bipolar, but we know there is SO much more to it. He is extremely delusional.
He ran off in his girlfriends car with no wallet or phone. The week prior, he kept telling us about million dollar deals he was making, but in actuality hasn’t a dime to his name. We found transaction history of 9 times he tried to use Venmo to gift $250,000 to Christ Fellowship. He thinks he owns EIGHT Gold’s Gyms. He even thinks he OWNS the mental hospital and the nurses WORK for him and that is why they released him. Since being released he has lashed out and literally foamed at the mouth at everyone who cares about him and is trying to help because they “don’t have his back or believe in him.” He has even tried to jump from moving vehicles when he’s told something he doesn’t like. Now he continues to write $6000-$18,000 checks to himself while his account is severely overdrawn and racking up late fees.
His family came to help and he refused treatment and they left defeated. He lives with the girlfriend of only a few months (who has a preteen female child in the house) and the police cannot do anything. He has not threatened anyone, but is so delusional that the idea of him on his motorcycle is terrifying. She does NOT feel safe with him there, but cannot make him leave because he has received mail there.
We have contacted local mental facilities and they tell us he needs to be baker acted, but the police won’t take him in again. She is documenting every time he says/does anything and keeps her phone/wallet/keys on her at all times because he will try to take them.
So…how do we get him the help he needs? What can she do to remove him from the house? Do we try to explain reality or go along with the delusions? Do we just let him run free??? Any help/suggestions would be VERY much appreciated. We are all so lost, worried and frustrated.