I just found this forum. Schizophrenia runs in my family. My mother’s grandmother had it. I experienced symptoms when I used to smoke weed, and still experience some delusions, but am able to label them as such and have not smoked in years.
I really need some advice. We think my little sister (20) is showing signs of schizophrenia or bipolar. This started a while ago with little things, but it’s gotten much more severe since a close friend of hers killed himself a few months back. She thinks people are trying to kill her, thinks someone hypnotized her into sharing the social security numbers of our family, stuff like that. There’s not much overlap between her delusions and mine to my knowledge, but I really don’t know because my family hasn’t been telling me everything. My delusions were religious, and I haven’t heard anything about that with her. She did acid a few times years back (which scared the hell out of me because of my experience with just weed), which I think may have contributed to her symptoms.
She’s seeing a psychiatrist for generalized anxiety disorder, OCD and ADHD, but I’m worried he doesn’t understand how much help she really needs. My sister has been diagnosed with borderline by her therapist, but her psychiatrist is denying she could have it, which makes me worry he’s not going to take this as seriously either. She also has an eating disorder. She has an appointment with her psychiatrist to be put on antipsychotics, but I’m worried something will happen before then. I’m also scared she’ll be unhappy on meds.
She just got pulled out of school. She doesn’t want treatment, and wants to go back to school. My parents don’t want to hospitalize her until they have exhausted all other options. I’m really scared she could hurt herself if she doesn’t get hospitalized. She has been self-harming, and threatening to kill herself.
I’m so scared for her. I wish there were people who would understand. I want to go to a support group for families, but I am nervous to share my delusions as part of my story with a group of family members, and am not interested in joining a group for people with psychosis as it isn’t the real issue for me right now. At the same time, it’s also kind of triggering for me to hear about other people’s delusions, as although mine aren’t active, they still linger in the back of my mind. And I’m scared to think too much about myself, because I’m not suffering nearly as much as she is.
I’m seeing a therapist individually once a week, but I also want to talk to people with real experience. Does anyone else here have some symptoms themselves and also a family member with schizophrenia? Any advice for someone scared for their little sister?