Our expert says:
Sounds all rather odd. The medication would have been Amitriptyline, which is an antidepressant, not usually used to treat paranoia. And I have never heard of it causing numbness in one arm, as a side-effect. It might be worth checking with the doctor / clinic where she was seen before, what actual diagnosis was made, and whether they might see her again if she could be persuaded to go there.
I dan't really guess what sort of illness or disorder she might have - there are numerous possibilities. If she can be persuaded to see a shrink, she could be properly assessed and you could discuss then a proper diagnosis and treatment proposals. If she will not be persuaded ; if she feels fine and sees nothing wrong with herself, then she can't be forced to see a shrink or to accept treatment, unless there is good reason to believe her not merely to be ill, but a real danger to herself or others.
Various forms of illness, physical and mental can be hereditary. Only with a proper assessment and diagnosis could this question be more firmly answered in her particular case.
Can a person die from a mental illness ? Not directly. Some p[eople who become very depressed, and a few who become psychotic and out of proper contact with reality, can harm themselves or even die from their own actions ; and dementia can eventually prove fatal, though one usually does of other causes related to old age and age damage to other body systems
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