Our expert says:
I can easily see what a difficult situation this is. It's barely possible to guess exactly what's going on, at such a distance. Maybe he has some form of psychological disorder, such as a manic disorder, as a result of the stress of the bankruptcy and business failure ; maybe he was developing some such disorder, which may in part or even largely be the cause of the business failure itself. Maybe he's handling the fear and embarrassment of the situation be excessive use of Denial, the psychological mechanism by which we avoid thinking of unpleasant things, and pretend they aren't happening.
Your ability to intervene at a distance, is also limited. Maybe his brother ( your husband ? ) is his next of kin, which might give him some right to attempt to intervene --- but he'd have to be there himself, to check things out. If he is convinced, having met with him, that his brother is mentally disordered compared with his usual state, and that he may be a risk to himself or others due to this state, then, only, is there some possibility of compulsory intervention to provide full assessment and treatment, with the aid of a local doctor or two. Better still, if he finds his brother to be unwell, he may be able to persuade his brother to see a doctor, maybe even in a hospital Casualty dept, especially if a teaching Hospital / medical School is nearby, for assessment and advice.
I understand that the disance and expense involved may make this impossible to do.
Lifeline could only help the man is he himself would phone them, and recognized that he had a problem needing help. Similarly, no institution can act unless the man asks for help himself, in person ; or unless the next-of-kin seeks compulsory admission for examination and treatment, based on their direct observation of him. It would be difficult and probably impossible to arrange such intervention at long distance, based on reports from the man's friends, denied by him himself.
Is it possible one of those friends considers him mad rather than bad, and might explore whether such emergency intervention could be arranged at that distant end ?
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