Hello All. I came across this website in hopes of support and advice for my younger brother who was diagnosed a few days ago with Paranoia Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, and Depression. I don’t know what to do. He remains in the care of the hospital as of this moment and has been in their care for over a month. There was talk of discharge sometime this week but it could be delayed. He was involuntarily committed after he had a manic episode which involved him taking his bosses’ car because he thought he “deserved it” and a few other episodes to give you an idea of his condition.
It was also discovered that my brother has a substance abuse problem. The hospital has advised he remain sober as this will be important in his road to recovery and with the additions of medication. He’s made some progress at the hospital. But, he still hallucinates, talks of the mafia, and about isis and how he wishes he could stop it. He has a lot of trouble still between what’s real vs. what’s not real. Our family has started to unravel as people point fingers about his next steps to his recovery. There is a pregnant girlfriend who has also cut contact with our family but remains in contact with my younger brother. The girlfriend’s family wants nothing to do with my younger brother but the girlfriend remains in the picture as her family continue to bombard us with empty threats about the trailer expenses that both my brother and girlfriend have rented.
I’m scared because our next plan of action with his discharge is to have my brother sign a contract. We believe it is in his best interest to live with my grandma because she is the only one home during the day. The hospital wants my brother to stay with someone to administer the medication and make sure he attends an outpatient program.
My mom’s side has all agreed to step up and take my brother when my grandmother is away. We’re afraid to leave him alone because he has relapsed before. We’ve made a contract and we’ve all signed it. He’s lived with everyone else in my family prior to this diagnosis and has burned bridges between theft, lies, and stealing the cars at night. Do we simply kick him out if he were to break the contract and put him up at a mission. I’m scared he’s trying to put on his best face to give everyone the answers we want to hear so he gets out of the hospital to run. What do we do. We can’t babysit him all day. We care about his well being but when does it become too much. I have a hard time thinking ahead because I know his patterns and I’ve seen him repeat these cycles. Any feedback would be wonderful. Prayers needed.