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Disordered Family Member Behavior
I have a family member that is having "attacks". She goes from being herself to a conspiracy theorist all the while pushing everyone who cares away. She is screaming for help, but never saying what is the cause of her outbreaks. This has continued for over a year and I'm afraid what she might do in the future. She has tried psychological help, but the doctor couldn't get through or she couldn't consciously admit her problem. She told me that the family doctor would not refer her to a specialist (for what she did not divulge). Do you suggest we seek out more medical help? Her condition has worsened and she is getting violent with her family. Some suspect her use of drugs (meth) as a cause of her disturbances, but I suspect it is something much deeper. She has more outbreaks in public, while she is driving or on the way to public events, some attacks are so bad that some people refuse to go out with her anymore. Could this be post traumatic stress and if so how do I get her to open up? Could it be a mental imbalance and if so could we treat her without prescription drugs? How can I help her before it's too late?????
My sister has been increasingly acting in a strange manner. She's 45 living at home since her divorce and it seems now either retired or fired from her job. She came to live with us, after her divorce and seems to have no plans of moving out. She doesn't pay for rent or anything here just occasionally buying food for the house. My mother pays for most of my sister's expenses, such as the cable that she wants, the insurance for her car as well as my sister's new car, which is under my mother's name. She's repeatedly told blatant lies such as getting job offers from major sports companies even though she to this day hasn't worked for a couple of months. She's said that she's close friends with celebrities, who during their shows leave her secret messages. She's also said that one of her close friends leaves notes to her in the newspaper. In the last two months I've found out that she's been stealing my mail. I found out that she stole a package that was for me last year during the Christmas season and gave out the gifts in it to people in our house. She claims that those packages were for her and that it was a code from her boyfriend. She's started telling my family lies about me personally. That I'm jealous of her and lying and stealing from her. Before she had some delusions, like she'd usually feel when we're out eating that people are talking about her. But recently it's progressed to the point that I seriously fear for my life since she seems to be targeting me with her lies and aggressions. My mother knows there's something wrong as do the rest of my family but my mother doesn't know how to get my sister to see someone. From what I get from my mother she doesn't want a scandal of having to force my sister to see someone. My mother feels that if we force my sister to see a psychologist that she'll just run away from home and become homeless. I have no idea what to do. I don't have the resources now to move out yet, but I'm very fearful for the strange behavior my sister is displaying. I just want to know how and what to do Dr. Dombeck. I'd also like to know what exactly is happening with my sister. Before all of this happened we used to be very close but now I don't want to be anywhere near her.
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