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Withdrawn Brother

Dr. Dombeck, my brother is withdrawn, he hasn't left his apartment in the last 2 years and when he does speak its only one word answers (yes, no etc.). He is married and his wife says that god has chosen him to be this way, she talks for him because the both of them have a connection so she knows what he is thinking. She has been hospitalized for mental conditions twice in the past, she is very outspoken and protective of my brother. They have 5 children that have been taken away from them by children's services for abuse and other reasons. Children's Aid Society requested mental assessments for both of them, he will not comply with their requests and its almost been a year since he has seen his children. He is not doing any better now that he misses the children even more (I thought that he would come out of his shell for his children and speak up, but unfortunately he has not). Is there any way I can get him help? He really does have a speech problem and is hiding behind his belief. He firmly believes he doesn’t have a problem, and his wife supports him fully. I have thought about having him committed or forced to get help.

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