- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
I apologize in advance because this is long.
My brother is 17 and a senior in high school. For the last couple of years he’s been kind of acting out, you know, pretty regular teenage rebellion stuff (drinking, smoking pot, etc). But within the last month, things have gotten weird.
He started saying that he figured out how to obtain world peace and that he was going to start a religion. But he couldn’t tell us the “truth” until he tells this girl he goes to high school with. Apparently, she’s pure (aka virgin) and she’s the one for him. He says he’s going to marry this girl, who he’s never really talked to btw, and they’re going to spend the rest of their lives together. He also refused to go to school, he said he wanted to drop out and get his GED. When our parents said absolutely not, you go to school or you can’t live here (there really wasn’t any other way to get through to him at this point), then he said he wants to go to independent study. He said that he thinks the Mayan calendar ending is about him, that he’s going to change everyone’s way of life. He says he’s going to open up a chain of taco shops around the world (I kind of chuckled at this, but he was dead serious). He’s going to buy a half a million dollar house at the beach and all his friends are going to live with him.
Oh, and he thinks that our parents should buy him a truck (he already has a Jeep) to show that they love and trust him and believe he can do great things. No matter how many times they’ve explained that you don’t get something you want without earning it, and that he in no way deserves that truck, he says his vision can’t start/happen without a truck.
And it goes on and on and on, he’s rambling and saying these things and talking in circles and it is all so surreal. So finally our parents take him to a doctor. My brother admits that he took LSD (aka acid) a month ago, doctor tells our parents he’s in a drug induced psychosis and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever come out of it. The doctor also referred him to a psychiatrist, who they saw yesterday.
Basically, at the psychiatrist’s office my brother was refusing to go home with my parents after more of the same talk mentioned above. He said if they didn’t give him the truck then he was just going to “dip” out to Nevada to live and work with our uncle, and that we’ll never see him again. Our parents said that he would either go home with them or he was going to the hospital (which the psychiatrist put on the table). He chose the hospital.
I didn’t know any of this was happening at the time, until my mom calls me at 6 telling me what was going on and if I could go visit him during visiting hours last night. So I went, I saw him, talked with him. I cried on my way in there, cried when I saw him in his robe and socks and we went into a “conversation room,” teared up while he was telling me all of his “vision,” and cried all the way home.
I am at a complete loss, how do you deal with someone who completely believes their delusion? He’s so young, he has his whole life ahead of him and I am SO sad for him. Has anyone been in or dealt with this kind of situation? Please help, my parents are a mess and I am barely holding it together. Thank you for taking the time to read this.