My sister has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is in her mid 40's and has three children. We convince her to seek medical attention about a year ago, but after four consultations she has decided that her doctor and everyone else for that matter "is in on it". She doesn't trust anyone and thinks people are "out to get her". I am worried about alot of things for starters her children, how is this affecting them? How can they possibly cope with it living under the same roof as her when she constantly hears voices and sees people that are not there. Her youngest is seven years old, I don't know what all this has possilby done to her because my sister swears all her children have been abused my these imagenary people she sees. We(my mother and I) tried speaking to her doctor to see if we could try to understand her and her conditon, but the doctor told us that he could not say anything to us because of patient /doctor privacy. My whole family feels helpless and frustrated that we can't help her and her children becuase as long as she can provide for her family there's nothing that we can do. We tried to get her medical attention even when she did't want it, but no one was willing to help. They said being crazy is not a crime and until she's willing or she can't provide for her children anymore, then they would step in. Meanwhile we just have to watch her get worse. I'm also a mother myself and know that this mental condition is genetic and I'm terrified of the possibilites. What can family members do? When it's so obvious everyone around her is worried sick for her and her family.
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