I just joined here. My sister had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1989. I am not sure if this was a completely accurate diagnosis. I’m not saying she doesn’t have it but observing her and comparing her to other people I have seen in documentaries there’s more to her condition. She doesn’t go to counseling but rather a doctor at a mental health facility for her meds and she talks to the doctor. I have had experience first hand with this facility and it isn’t a very good one at all. With the many counselors I have dealt with there I feel they need help themselves. I am not familiar with my sister’s doctor but according to my sister, the doctor told her she is doing better and doesn’t want to see her till March. This is a gross mistake in the doctor’s judgement. Somehow I feel my sister slipped through the cracks. When she was discharged from the hospital in 1989, because she was afraid to ride in a car at that time the hospital let her walk 15 miles to a town she didn’t even live in. Then she was supposed to go to adult daycare but the doctor at the time at the mental health facility where she now goes for her meds, told her she didn’t have to. I knew that doctor and he was crazy! Anyway, now she lives in an apartment building by herself and collects SSI. She is married but her husband lives in a different apartment in the same building because they were going to cut off her SSI because he receives Social Security Disability. So the husband decided to move out. Her husband treats her very badly and neglects her. He isn’t too smart and doesn’t understand her mental illness and doesn’t care about it. He is very self absorbed and always been. My sister cannot manage money. She has direct deposit yet on check day she goes to the bank and withdraws every bit of money exceot for $5. She keeps her money in her apartment and she doesn’t remember where she puts her money. Sometimes she gives some of her money to neighbors to hold and they take it from her. Sometimes her husband comes over and takes money from her. I only have so much patience for her and I try to be with her but she makes me so nervous after a few hours. She needs help but her doctor doesn’t see it. I don’t know what to do.
Thanks for listening,