My Sister's Schizophrenia Is Tearing My Family Apart.It kills me to know people are suffering from the same thing I do. Everyone of your stories breaks my heart and I know exactly what you all are going through. I'm speaking in this forum because I'm lost myself and don't know how to deal with my sister's schizophrenia. My sister is 20 years old and started having manic episodes 2 years ago. My sister and I are only 1 year apart. She has been acting up and tearing my family apart. My parents want a divorce because my Dad still can't except my sister's illness.
Here's a little background...Before the diagnosis, my sister was prescribed to Adderall for a few years for ADHD. Though the doctors don't agree with me I believe it had something to do with cause of schizophrenia. She began to abuse the Adderall, right around the time she was getting her first episodes. She never did well in school, but was always popular and had tons of friends. She's beautiful, and it's so hard to see such a gorgeous girl crazy. Things got so bad at home I had to move to Chicago to try and have a normal life as a college student and support myself.
For the past year she has been at my parents house sitting on the coach watching TV for days on end. She makes very inappropriate comments and has childlike behavior, but can hold a job for about 2-3 months. She believes the government is out to get her and once stole all our cell phones and threw them out. She takes apart electrical wires and steals important documents, like taxes, bills, birth certificates, etc. Writes long letters that make no sense and has chicken scratch writing. She refuses to take medication and has been hospitalized several times. She takes long walks and will walk till her toes are blue. She is bipolar, sometimes she is the sweetest thing in the world and so kind, but can quickly switch to mean and vulgar. She no longer has ex
The other day, my dad was hospitalized from a terrifying mental breakdown that severely raised his blood pressure. My dad recently retired and spends his days at home with my sister, while my mom is at work. He told me he can't take it anymore. He's 60 now and his health is being affected because of my sister. When I lived at home I know she would bother my dad a lot and force him to do things. She would lie to him about needing something at the store but then forcing him to drive her to weird places like doctor offices or places to dig through trash. She's impossible to say no too, and will act up in public. She screamed like a child at the store the other day when my dad said no to buying her a donut. I can't imagine what happens without me there or when my mother isn't home. It's like he's brain washed. Anyway, because of my father hospitalization I went home and watched her on the coach watch tv. Her eyes wander around the room and I see so much fear in her eyes, from the delusions. Tonight, my mom finally got her to say she wanted help and got her to a hospital without the police! Which is a big deal for us. My sister checked herself in. I only think this happened because my dad decided to stay with me tonight. I feel like my sister feels uncomfortable around my dad, and somehow feeds off his attention and energy. My mom said she was very worried when my Dad stayed the night with me or when he was in the hospital. I don't think she would of gone to the hospital if my dad was home. My mom and I haven't told my father she is in the hospital. We are afraid he will visit her constantly and make her act out. What do we do? He won't listen to us. He will visit her and make sure she's ok. He doesn't like seeing her in a mental hospital, and always lets her come home. I understand its his little girl, but he can't let go. He can't except what has happened and still holds on to his "little Bebe" At this point, I can't control what my dad does, but why can't he be sensible like me or my mom? What is he holding onto? He's making things worse.