You are NOT alone!
For anyone dealing with a loved one/friend battling mental illness, you are NOT alone. It sucks for those battling and it sucks for those dealing with.
The laws are wonky and help no one.
They protect no one.
Yes, life with, can be a struggle. You are not alone.
My SIL is paranoid schizophrenic and a close family like friend is bi-polar. Both can be the sweetest people on the plant and BOTH can go violent in the blink of an eye.
My SIL is currently institutionalized and her husband fears they are being evicted due to her outbursts. She is in misery to what her mind has created and her meds are not working as they used to. Whether this is due to constant changes in them OR menopause or age, we don’t know. We DO know this… everyone is at stalemate.
You see the state doesn’t want to keep her unless she’s a direct threat. Family can’t deal because often she is. Her husband has issues too, not as extreme, but he can only handle him.
The close friend I mentioned, is our foster nephews mom. She’s never had it easy either. In fact, most of the time she’s okay. She doesn’t take her pills because she can’t afford the medical care, and as she’s essentially homeless, has no address to give for attempting state assistence.
My son, though not diagnosed is somewhere on the autism/aspbergers spectrum. He was ESE all through school, pulled out of high-school at their recommendation as they saw his need for more help. He’s now 24 and continues to struggle to make a life, without a label. Sadly, his OCD and other issues make life very hard. He may hear a whisper and jumps to assumptions people are talking about him. Yes, we understand he may paranoid tendencies too. He lives at home and we emotionally and financially support him too. But we worry about his future. What happens when we are no longer here?
So to any and all of you out there, going through the same struggles…
You are not alone.
There are hotlines in every home state, who have people there to just listen. Don’t hesitate to call. Don’t think you need to be worried about what anyone may “think.”
Sadly we’re going through something very common now, so you are NOT ALONE.