Hey everyone, I’m not schizophrenic, but I have a very best friend who may be exhibiting signs and symptoms of schizophrenia, and I’m getting really worried.
She currently refuses to go to her therapist or her psychiatrist. She has been previously diagnosed as bipolar. She refuses any help. She refuses to talk about her condition.
She says she hears a voice that is telling her to kill herself constantly, even in her dreams. She is very religious, and is convinced that she is seeing the devil or demons, and that she has to be exorcised or that she has been spiritually ‘jinxed’ by other family members. She has a hard time formulating words and thoughts and jumps around from topic to topic – she is a very difficult person to follow. She thinks that she isn’t schizophrenic.
I’m getting extremely worried. She keeps talking about death more and more often, and about the voice and also about a child version of herself that keeps telling her to kill herself. She has previously been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, which she hated. Her parents think that she is possessed because they are also extremely religious. She keeps saying that she won’t live for the next week.
I’m at loss as to what to do. I don’t know if calling an ambulance and forcing her into a psychiatric ward is a good idea. I’m unable to hold conversation with her.
Today she sent me worrying texts, and I went over to her home only to find her in what I saw as a catatonic state.
I’m so so worried, I have no idea where to start to get her help.
Thank you all so much. Please reply soon.