(Closed) Soo my little brother was committed to a mental institution yesterday…(Vent)

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
1815 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

You sound like such a loving sister, that must be really tough to watch. 🙁 Just remember that he is with qualified professionals getting the help he needs. I wish I had more advice, but good luck and stay strong.

Post # 4
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i’m sorry to hear this.  i hope that he gets the help he needs.

Post # 5
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@FutureMrsJohnson_:  I see this often as I work in a psychiatric hospital with both geriatrics and adults.  Unfortunately, they will continue to believe their delusions until they’re stable on medications.  It’s going to be incredibly hard to listen to someone who isn’t making any sense. 

The only piece of advice I can offer is to support him.  He will only feel unwanted and worse if people continue to push him to believe that he’s talking nonsense.  He’s not in the right mind frame.  I would not give in to his stories, but try to distract his thoughts.  Bring up memories.  Talk about the present.  Something to bring him back to reality somehow (even if he’s not fully there).

The best thing your family can do is allow him to complete his full treatment in a hospital so they can keep an eye on him and stabilize him on medications.  He will be discharged and will need major support in keeping up with his medications and going to a psychiatrist/outpatient programs.  It’s the best support you could possibly provide.

There may be times he falls of the deep end.  Any time you’re concerned, please call the psychiatrist or take him to the ER.  I know in New Jersey our ERs have a PESS unit (a unit for people having behavioral or mental disturbances) to evaulate them until they’re transferred to our facility.  

If you have any questions, please do no hesitate in PMing me.  I’d be more than happy to help as best I can.

Post # 6
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FutureMrsJohnson_:  I’m so very sorry.  Mental illness is hard to deal with it, it’s not the same as a physical illness so it’s really difficult to understand and cope with.  It wouldn’t hurt to seek some type of therapy or counseling to learn some tools/coping mechanisms.  I hope your parents will consider as well.

Thinking of you, wishing you and your family the best.

Post # 7
1547 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

oh my god! im so sorry you’re going through this! i hope he gets better soon 🙁

Post # 8
901 posts
Busy bee

I feel for you, I really do. Hopefully, antipsychotic medications will work wonders for your brother. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Thankfully, your brother is under the care of professionals.

Post # 9
2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am so sorry! 🙁 I hope he gets the help he needs in there. 

Post # 11
248 posts
Helper bee

I have no real advice but I’ll keep your family in my thoughts. Best of luck, you guys will get through this together. 

Post # 12
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I am so sorry you are going through this. My older sister suffers from a personality disorder and had been on a psych hold in the hospital before.

It is scary and hard to know that they have a real struggle ahead of them for more than likely the rest of their life. It is definately a rollar coaster for sure. Just remind yourself that right now he is in a safe place and getting the help he needs. Lots of hugs!

Post # 13
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Wow. That kind of reminds me of an ex that I had. About five years after we split, he “went into the forest” and did a lot of acid and mushrooms. He got really weird for awhile, but from what I’ve heard, he’s doing ok now.

Post # 14
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FutureMrsJohnson_:  I just wanted to say that I am going through something similar with my SIL. She recently left her husband and children claiming that she was supposed to have died as a child or teen, but instead was possesed by the spirit of a dead girl, and she released this spirit a few weeks ago.  She thinks that her thinking is normal, or okay, and isn’t interested in drugs or theorpy that might help her.  What scares me most is that she has young children.  She is shielding them from her mental situation, and trying to remain in their lives.  

Dealing with mental illness just sucks.  Unlike a ‘traditional’ sickness there isn’t always a real clear cut sollution.  I’ve been trying my best to find good resources, but it is hard.  This situation has caused me to understand the lack of understanding and information about mental illnesses.  

On a side note I had a cousin who was the model of perfection up until she had a breakdown and was diagnossed wth bi-polar (she was in her early 20’s at the time).  She ended up getting commited to a mental facility for a short time for not taking her meds.  Since then she is dealing with her illness and has made great leeps.  She went from moving back home with my aunt, to living in a group-type setting and then in an appartment.  She now works part time and my aunt is working on buying a house for her through fedral programs for people with special needs.  Although her personality has changed since the disease, it is good to know that, through help, she was able to find independendence and reclaim her life.  

I hope your brother is able to find himself again and your family is able to work through this.  It is so hard to watch someone change like this, and feel helpless to prevent or fix it.  

Post # 15
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

i’m so sorry that you’re going through this! i have some experience with family mental illness, a close relative has schizophrenia and it’s been difficult. After high school a friend had episodes that are similar to what your brother is exhibiting. He believed that he was ‘chosen’ to save certain people, that everyone was against him and ‘only he could prevail’. He was extremely paranoid and began to self harm.

I’m telling you this because I think it is amazing that your parents are helping get the medical attention he needs NOW, even though it must break their hearts to see him in the hospital. That friend is doing very well now, after hospitalization, meds and therapy; i hope that your brother will recover too.

You are very strong, and i hope that you and your family find some peace.

Post # 16
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m sorry, it sounds like he is going to need a lot of support. You too might need support so hopefully the girls on the bee will be able to help. 

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