Hello - I’m new here and I greatly appreciate any insight that you can give. I live in CA and my mother lives in NV. She is schizophrenic and is currently in the middle of a relapse. She hasn’t been taking her medication for a couple of weeks, as far as I can tell, and she has not been willing to go to a doctor, despite weeks of pleading from me and other family members. There are a lot of factors at play here that make this situation complicated:
- She lives with her mother (my grandmother) who is in her 80s. My mother has been throwing things away in the apartment they live in, including her medicine, food, and my grandmother’s personal items (and almost her medication too - luckily she managed to get them before my mother did). My grandmother is not capable of helping my mother while she’s like this.
- She got into a car accident a few days ago. She went the wrong way onto the freeway and hit another car. She went to the hospital, but they discharged her the same day. It is incredibly frightening to think that she could have killed herself, or other people. And it’s also frustrating that the hospital staff did not recognize the mental state she was in and did not keep her for psychiatric care.
- Since she doesn’t have a car, she has been caught by the police trying to get into other people’s cars. They just brought her back to her apartment. Again, more trained professionals that did not recognize my mother’s state or do anything to help her get treatment.
- She had a job, but she quit a week ago, and hasn’t yet filed for disability.
Since I live in a different state, I feel like my options are really limited as to force my mother to get treatment. Especially since the police and the hospital didn’t do anything. Do you have any suggestions as to what steps I can take to get her admitted to a hospital?