Our expert says:
OK< "chemical imbalance in the brain" is not a diagnosis - it's an explanation. It helps to describe how a number of different mental problems arise, and why meds can help them.
Drinking alcohol NEVER EVER helps ANY psych condition, and especially so if she stops taking her meds, though alcohol actually undermines the benefits of most meds as well.
That your other aunt is running into severe problems with gambling suggests that difficulties in impulse control may run in your family, adn you all need to be cautious about alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, gambling, etc.
And as for placing her, I agree with Liza. And don't be too fussy - someone who sqaunders all her own resources, and those of others, and acts in self-damaging ways, needs structure and firmness not a permissive place what will enable her to cause more harm to herself or others
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