Our sister is 35, she started showing-what we now know are signs of schizophrenia at around 25. She has four children. She believes that the government has a plot to find her and kill her, she believes she has demons living inside of her, she believes the entire health care system has her name on a list in which they have been instructed to “inject” her with cancer, and then lie to her about it, she believes that someone has a voodoo doll of her-and is using it against her, and she can’t figure out who it is. She truly believes all of these things. There is absolutely no way to tell her that none of these things are happening. We have been dealing with this, and trying our hardest to shield her children from this, because every website, every forum, says; “take her to a doctor”. Well, she won’t do that willingly. That isn’t an option here. From what we understand, if we “force” her into treatment/involuntary hold, she will lose her children. At this point, she isn’t a bad mom, but, her symptoms are progressively getting worse. And, her children are getting old enough to see that something is wrong. We do not want to have her children taken from our family, the children can be taken care of, but, from what we understand, legally, they will be taken from her, and moved through “the system” if we force her to deal with these issues. She does not “know” that the things she believes, could possibly be only in her head. We want to proceed in the best way possible. And for some reason, there is nothing ANYWHERE, about confronting/having an intervention with someone that doesn’t realize what is happening to them. We need guidance, and literally anything anyone can provide that could help us go through this…extremely difficult time. If we were to confront her, which a few have, she believes that the government sent them to try to kill her, and she will run. She has an unfortunately amazing way of hiding her “episodes” from any doctor, because, again, she also believes that they are trying to kill her. We have taken her to the ER, because she believes she was “injected” with cancer, and she can play the part she needs to without fail. We can’t just take her in to a hospital and say that there is something wrong in her head, because, again, she believes that we are spies. With all things considered-a large, caring family, four children, and all of her symtoms, can anyone-please give us advice if you have lived through such an ordeal?
I thank you in advance, and my heart also aches for anyone that CAN help in this situation, because I know the pain you have felt.