Hi. I have a younger brother (21) who is schizophrenic. It started out a couple years ago, he was diagnosed bi polar. He was 51/50 and was taking meds for a little while. He was out of control so we moved him to Florida to live with our older brother. He stopped taking his meds and fell deep into depression but was no longer manic. In November I noticed he was getting ill again but this time much worse. He is now I believe full blown schizophrenic living on the streets living in hallucinations. It is awful. I don’t know how to help him because he doesn’t think he needs help. He’s been admitted into the hospital twice within a month or two and hasn’t helped at all. I don’t know what to do because California Law says if they don’t want help you can’t force him but I’m losing my brother and watching him live in complete insanity. I am completely heart broken. What do I do? I need help but I feel like it’s impossible. I feel so alone and so lost. I just want my brother back.
Growing up in a normal childhood I remember talking to God at a very young age. I also remember dreaming of hell. Talking to God was easy. The part of hell scared me beyond words. I had a wonderful loving mother and father. Years later a baby sister who I adored. Times were hard but I never knew it as my parents gave to us instead of getting themselves. They worked hard, sacrificed, had us in church and loved us more than we could imagine.
My husband was hospitalized for three (3) years in a psychiatric hospital. He was an alcoholic for many, many years. He decided to quit “cold turkey!” I watched him for six (6) months “going downhill!” And “going downhill” is a gross understatement! He wouldn’t eat. I, also, had to force feed him. I bought him Ensure to drink and the doctors at the hospital told me that I kept him alive re: the Ensure.
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