Help redirect delusions of my schizophrenic uncle.
August 27, 2009 3:37 PM Subscribe
Help me figure out ways to minimize the effect my schizophrenic uncle's delusions have on government and law enforcement.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (14 answers total)
I have an uncle who was a heavy drinker since his teenage years. For a while, he was an alcoholic and schizophrenic. One day about 7 years ago, he just stopped drinking and smoking while on his schizophrenia medication - cold turkey.
Now, he's never been to the point where he has no delusions but his stable long term (5+yrs) recurrent delusion is that any day now, he will be offered a highly coveted job at the UN which will help him bring peace to the world. Due to this delusion, he is always keeping his apartment spotless and he is always well dressed. From what my mother tells me, the psychiatric meds he's currently on have given him the best results so far according to the psychiatrist. The benign delusion actually motivates him to be very functional.
So here's the problem. He regularly obsesses about calling the UN and emailing the UN. He's called police authorities, FBI, Interpol, CIA, etc.. with his advice on how to fix current events such as suffering in Africa, N.Korea diplomacy, etc.
My mother is taking him to the psychiatrist to see if any new research or drugs have come out in the past year to help him out.
We're tried taking his laptop away but he'll just take a random job, earn several hundred, and buy a new laptop.
However, our other thought is just to allow him to keep emailing the UN but with some filter or hidden software on his laptop that makes it appear that he has emailed someone but in reality, nobody will receive his emails.
I'm open to all ideas. The more suggestions, the better. I think my mother is just afraid of having to explain again to the local police why his brother keeps calling the local dispatcher with advice on what is the solution to the Somali pirate dilemma. I've contemplated making some fake email address too where his emails could be sent to and I could reply on behalf of the UN in something to the effect of "we will reconsider your job application next year on July 31st, please do not contact any other authorities until then"