I am seeking guidance as I can not help my elderly parents because my schizo (untreated for over 25 years approx) still lives at home with them. Here’s my situation/story… I am a 47 year old woman, sister to an older (50 yrs old) brother who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia back in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s. My brother suffered a psychotic break while he was at college (Rutgers New Brunswick, NJ). He was admitted to the Carrier Clinic in NJ (my family is from NJ) and next thing I knew (I was just barely graduated from high school at this point) I was being dragged without explanation (still to this date there has been no explanation) to visit him “in the hospital”. Eventually my father accidentally blurted and has since recanted that Gary attempted suicide. Gary and my parents were told that he required lifelong psychiatric treatment and he was started on some meds. He didn’t like the meds and completely quit both the meds and his psychiatric treatment and to this day remains without any/all treatment.
Over the time that I was still living at home he had repeated bouts of violent behavior. He would fly into rages and slam doors and has even assaulted me numerous times. He has been given diplomatic immunity from being held accountable for all of his actions and behaviors including his assaults on me.
I now have been living on my own since 1997 and his behavior for a while was some what stable, as stable as could be for a schizo.
My brother’s behavior has caused a long term rift in my family - I haven’t been able to visit my parents for going on 7 years. My brother still lives home, has never moved out, has barely one friend, does nothing for himself and my mother has constantly put my brother onto me to entertain, go to dinner take to the mall to help him shop for secret santa gifts until I got fed up with being his play thing and driver (he refused a driver’s license in HS and my parents backed his play on that too). My mother has repeatedly told me “I’m not a nice person” when I refuse to participate in being my brother’s hebrew slave and demand that he either be in treatment to learn how to be independent or do his stuff himself. My brother has told me to my face that he would murder me if I did anything to make my parents sick or die and when I told my mom her answer was yet again “diplomatic immunity” with an answer of “what do you listen to him for”? If I had said that to Gary I would have been “drawn and quartered”. Gary wears shredded pajamas (which my mom washes and gives back to him to continue wearing) and also intentionally walks in front of me in his jockey shorts because he won’t put on a bathrobe when would go to shower. He won’t see dentists and doctors for checkups, cleanings and physicals - hasn’t seen a dentist in over 30 years.
My parents are now in their early and middle 80s and they are still living in our family home with my schizo brother and still taking care of him. I cannot tell if he has gotten violent again or not. The last time I was able to see proof that he gets violent (and I have an outside the family witness to the damage) was approximately 7 years ago - he punched holes in his bedroom door and wall. The door has since been replaced and the wall repaired and repainted. I cannot tell if my elderly parents need care or help because I told my mom to shove my brother up her *** and since then we have had minimal to none contact. I am unable to go to family (I have an aunt and cousins) get togethers because I have vowed the next time Gary tries to pick a fight with me I will let him just so I have the opportunity to have him arrested and press charges when he assaults me, which cannot happen because my aunt is elderly also with a heart condition. This is where my story stands now. I have decided I want NOTHING to do with my brother. I want him out of our lives. I want him in his own place having to confront his mental illness completely on his own so that he will either discover he cannot live alone and I’ll give him my prepared speech of either enter a group home or assisted living facility or go live in a cardboard box in an alley or throw yourself off a bridge as I will NOT take care of him and do NOT want anything to do with him and do NOT want him in my life at all. I need to get him out of the house so I can assist my parents in their end years. My whole family knows how I feel and what I want to see done and happen to my brother but my parents have chosen to throw me away and keep the worthless curse of a son whom they have deluded themselves about all these years choosing to view him as their “golden boy”. My attitude is I am entitled to my own life. I have chosen not to have children as I don’t like them and therefore I do NOT want the curse my brother is left to fall on me because my parents won’t force him out to find out once and for all if he is or isn’t able to ever live alone. If he isn’t able to live alone then it is on my parents to figure out where to stick him and they will do that with compassion. If it is left for me by default my answer is group home/assisted living or cardboard box in an alley or throw yourself off a bridge and I’ll push him into a final psychotic break to be in control over him to get rid of him one way or another (legally) permanently. I would prefer the route of my parents figuring out what to do with this permanently broken individual (FYI we are both adopted and I am GLAD I am NOT biologically related to him. Any suggestions how to get him forced out of my parents’ house? What assistance can I get and where from? Thank you.