My husband and I live in Texas. My mother in law is in MO and is bi-polar. My sister in law lives in another state. Over the holidays we were made aware of abnormal activities, to the extent that my husband flew out to her, and drove her to MO. They were able to get her under involuntary care for about 48 hours, and that is how the diagnosis was received. She refuses to take medication, and believes that everyone is involved in a conspiracy against her. This is new to both of us, and being that we are out of state, we don’t know where to begin or what to do. How do you get someone that doesn’t believe that they are sick to visit a doctor or take medications? The stress of the situation has also impacted my mother in law, who has recently stopped taking her own medications. We are at a loss on how to handle all of this and I came upon this site today. Can anyone provide any insight on where we should begin? My sister is homeless and we found that she hadn’t been taking care of herself at all, though she put up such a good front that we thought she was being followed. She is living with my mother in law for now, but between the two of them, they are both unemployed and living on a limited income. We’ve been told that we need guardianship, but if that won’t force her to take meds, then what benefits come with guardianship?
Sorry if this sounds like I am panicking, but in a way, we are. We have no idea what to do. Any help would be appreciated.