04-04-2015 04:48 PM
Sister hears voices everywhere she goes, from people she knew 10 years ago - she thinks they are there - noone has ever seen them . She refuse to think anything is wrong with her and even rings the police to report them
04-04-2015 05:31 PM - edited 04-04-2015 06:08 PM
Welcome to Sane. It's so great that you've found your way here. Caring for a family member can be overwhelming and exhausting. It's not something you should have to do alone. There are many people here who have experience on both sides of the Mental Illness coin. As carers and as those cared for. I'm sure you will get lots of great insights and shared experiences from them. Both @ivana and @Brodie know a lot about services and options. I'm sure you'll find their input very valuable.
Also, here is a thread you might like to have a look at. It looks at what you can do when you have reached your tipping point while looking after your sister. How to recognise you're there and how to bring yourself back. In short, how to care for yourself.
Again, well done for having the courage to share your story with us, I believe you will find that it was well worth it. I look forward to seeing you around the forums.
04-04-2015 05:47 PM
Great thanks interesting threads to read I live 4 hours away form her
She said she had the police at the house last week and the mental health acute team was there the following day - recommending she see them - my thought was great when she told me this 7 days later ( I had no idea this had happened last week)
But she refuses and says she has seen a lawyer about her rights in not seeing a doctor - would that be right ?
if she denies anything is wrong , how does she get to the doctor ..she doesn't listen to me .... so do I just let it all play out or can I ask the mental health team to intervene ?
04-04-2015 06:48 PM
I'm not a lawyer, or even someone that has experience with this from a legal standpoint, so there's not much I can offer but you might find something here. It's the Mental Health Rights Manual put out by the Mental Health Coordinating Council. It covers the legal and human rights of people with mental illness and should hopefully provide you with information regarding involuntary treatment.
I feel sure there will be others in the community who will have first hand experience or knowledge of these issues and will be able to share their experiences with you.
04-04-2015 08:35 PM
04-04-2015 09:17 PM
wow... thank you
When your husband is well - does he know he gets sick ?
as the denial bit is so hard - if there was an acknowledgement that when she is sort of well that it does all go bad
but the lack of reality and thinking all these people are following her all the time and the 1 am phone calls are exhausting ..and without knowing what to do or being there
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
Would you mind me asking how old your sister is and when this all started?
Did anything appear to trigger it or was it just "out of the blue"?
Does your sister mention any physical symptoms,visual hallucinations or headaches etc?
Does she have any co existing physical illnesses?
Is the reason that she doesn't want to see Mental Health Workers due to her feeling they arn't respectful/don't treat her with kindness and dignity etc, or is it rather because she has no insight that her experience isnt real?
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