My Little Sister

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee

*hugs* I’m really sorry your family is going through this. I don’t have any advice, as I’ve never been through something like this. The best thing you can all do is be there for her. I’m sure she’s terrified because she  might think she’s losing her mind. It’s so weird/scary how something like this can just happen to someone, seemingly out of the blue. Maybe it’s just intense stress/depression that’s causing this and medication will help her greatly.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Some reassurance: She is not necessarily schizophrenic. Hearing voices that aren’t real is definitely a psychosis symptom, but there’s more than one reason possible for psychosis.

Some mood disorders can cause it.

Some medications can cause it.

Some illegal drugs, obvious ones and less obvious ones, can cause it.

Even severe sleep deprivation can cause it.

Sometimes psychosis is cyclical (like with schizophrenia or bipolar) and other times the person has a psychotic break… just once, never again.

Psychosis does not tend to be constant even for schizophrenia, and it’s amazingly responsive to anti-psychotic medication. It’s hard to medicate most other things – depression, anxiety – psychotherapy is the better bet there… but with psychosis, it’s amazing. Someone could be telling you bizarre stories and that they’re robot jesus at 4pm, take one pill, and by 5pm, they’ll be the brother you grew up with and know so well once again, with no belief in robot jesus, and a mild headache (unfortunately antipsychotics always cause mild headaches, which makes people who have cyclic psychosis feel ambivalent about taking them, but they often willingly do, because the danger of thinking they’re robot jesus is worse).

So, please don’t assume it’s necessarily schizophrenia, and even if it is, please know, there is hope!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Oh, and I didn’t mean to imply her psychosis is necessarily going to worsen to “robot jesus” levels. It may never get stronger than it currently is. I only meant that even very strong psychosis responds very well to anti-psychotics.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
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@nber0815:  I’m sorry you’re all going through this. Mental illness affects the entire family and you need to support each other and your sister. If it is schizophrenia (and hopefully it’s not) the best you can do is keep her safe and remember if she says anything hurtful towards you she probably doesn’t really mean it. DH had a schizophrenic uncle and he was a brilliant man. Some sufferers of mental illness get tossed to the side like a dirty secret but it sounds like your family is very devoted and will take good care of your sister no matter what. Keep your head up and be strong for her.

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