Posted by: Skay | 2009-10-05

help needed -mom mentally ill

My mother has a mental illness, she hasnt been diagnosed yet but its getting worse, i dont even know where to start, she has become anti-social, thinks everyone' s against her,or wants to harm her, she had an accident and doesnt want to get into a car anymore, thats why we cant even get her to see a psychiatrist assess her, she forms images in her head and believes they' re truth when we try to talk to her she says we have turned against her and we are plotting to harm her... she now ignores our calls, sometimes when we go over to visit she pretends she' s not home and doesnt open the door... i called the Depression and Anxiety Group helpline to get some advise as to how we can get her to a psychiatric ward, all they say is that we cannot forcefully take her to any institution if she doesnt want to.. know are we supposed to watch her distroy herself or wait till something drastic happens, I URGENTLY need help and advice ....

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A diagnosis is essential to decide on treatment, management, and what might happen in the future. You seem to be describing a form o paranoia, but there may be severe depression ( which can include paranoia ) or other illnesses, and sometimes severe paranoia is an illness in its own right. Fortunately it often responds well to anti-psychotic medication. The hallenge arises in trying to fin ways to persuade her to see a psychiatrist for a proper assessment and diagnosis, and then to help her take her recommended medication. There are some useful forms that are liquid, and can be placed in drinks like coffee or fruit juice, and work well.
Because such facilities obviously could be abused horribly, there are limitatons about what can be done compulsorily. Discus this with your GP, who may be able to help. If there is good reason to believe that she is bcoming a danger to herself and or to others, it is possible to intervene, with the consent of close family and a doctor or doctors, and for her even to be forcibly removed to hospital for proper assessment and to start treatment. One obvious probllem within this, of course, is that, even though you would be acting carefully and in her best interests, such actions would seem to confirm her paranoid beliefs that people are wanting to harm her.
Discuss this with your GP, and maybe he/she can recommend a psychiatrist you could see and discuss the dilemma, and plan the best way to respond

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Posted by: almost mad | 2009-10-05

Maybe ask your doctor to make a house visit

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