I finally told a friend I’m sz…and it was only because she told me about how her brother went sz and they didn’t know what it was or how to help.
Her fam called the cops after her brother punched a hole in his bedroom wall while yelling to imaginary voices. That is the only “violent” thing he’s done. The cops talked to him for a long time, but he played normal. They left, nothing was done.
Other than that, he has reverse sleep problems (day sleeper), thinks that gov is coming to hurt him and his fam, has conspiracy theories, talks to himself, laughs to himself, and currently can’t work because of his sleep schedule and lack of caring.
I had her watch some Khan academy video on biology of sz. I had her listen to Elyn Saks. I called the outpatient intake clinic and got some info for her. She seemed to understand it more, but how to make her brother seek help voluntarily?
I tried talking to him once about pills but he didn’t respond (I knew he was sz before his fam cuz we talked in my car a few times about his life and his delusions of persecution came up, tried to tell him I used to be like that…he just sat there).
I don’t want him to experience the same things I did in the hospital. I want him to go in through the outpatient center, not the triage for mental patients place. How did you seek help? Anybody seek help before it spiraled into total panic? How can I, as a fellow sz, reach out to a sz who isn’t on medication?