(Closed) My MIL thinks Mary and Jesus talk to her…

posted 7 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Does anyone else in the family seem concerned about this? Because that’s a pretty scary and real issue there…. She should really be seeing a psychiatrist. Hearing voices and seeing things that aren’t there is a very very serious psychological issue.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@maybride2011: If she really is old, it could be dementia or Alzheimer’s…I would encourage her to go see a doctor.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

If she’s 70, I wouldn’t be surprised if her mind really is slipping due to dementia or Alzheimer’s or something like hilsy85 said.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@maybride2011: Yeaaah I would encourage her to see a doctor.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It seems like this isn’t something that is being caused by her aging. I would have her checked out by a medical professional. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My grandmother suffers from Alzheimers and she has never seen imaginary people or heard voices that aren’t there. She was in a stage for a while where she sort of thought she was living in another era, but she never “saw” people that weren’t there.

If your Future Mother-In-Law is older, her mind is slipping in another way, and is potentially schizophrenic, I would talk with her family doctor and have her moved into a nursing home where they are better able to take care of her. This behaviour is not a normal sign of aging.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@maybride2011: Ah, my mom does too. At least Mary she hasn’t reached Jesus level yet. Most of the family knows she is crazy and I just ignore it. She isn’t going to go see a medical health doctor because she’s relgious– plenty of saints have heard God too so trying to say she has a medical condition isn’t going to get you anywhere with anyone religious.

I have two ways of dealing with this:

PHONE: I say “What? What? Could you say that again? You are breaking up. Could you move to a better spot. Yes I can hear you better there… no wait you are starting to fade out again. Can I call you later?”

IN PERSON: I ask a question that is totally random– but one she has to answer like, “What time are you coming over next week?” or “Do you like this or this better, why?” I completely changed the subject. OR if worse comes to worse I talk ALOT about anything– mostly pets because they are a neuteral subject I just refuse to shut up or be distracted until I leave. 😀 Just figure out how to distract her!!

Basically once you can get her off topic run with it. Even crazy people have sane parts of their personalities that you can cling to!

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@bakerella: My grandmother had Alzheimers too and although she never saw people who weren’t there, she would think that certain people were completely different individuals.  So I thought maybe the OP’s Future Mother-In-Law could be thinking that her neighbor and her co-worker are Mary and Jesus (or something like that).

My grandmother’s mix-ups/confusion were never that out there (her’s was more thinking my dad was her husband or her caretaker was her sister, etc) but I guess it could happen for some people, especially if they are particularly religious.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

She could just be a little fanatical.  My grandma swore that she saw guardian angels and she used to hold conversations with my deceased grandfather, but she was by no means crazy.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hallucinations can be present in people with Alzheimer’s (not say that’s what she has, but people with Alzheimer’s can have visual, auditory, and/or tactile hallucinations). It could also be regular old dementia, but if it were, I would expect her to exhibit cognitive deficits in other areas as well (frequent confusion, getting lost, etc). Is she a religious woman? And is she Hispanic/Latina? It might just be a cultural difference–some cultures view hearing/seeing God/Jesus/Mary as a blessing.

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