Should I help this ill person? If so, how?
March 2, 2011 7:06 PM Subscribe
A new friend/acquaintance has made some quasi-suicidal statements and is obviously delusional and routinely binge drinks. What, if anything, should I do?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Met a guy online. Talked on the phone twice, met about half a dozen times. He seemed like a brilliant eccentric with some interesting theories. Things got date-y. Neither of us initiated anything physical. He seemed within the normal parameters of human behavior, at first, though the drinking gave me pause.
Last time we hung out it was obvious he was delusional, to the point where I suspect schizophrenia. Among other bizarre convictions, he's indicated his body has an expiration date soon. He seems happy about this.
He has no local support system that I know of. He's quite a gentle person, and I see him possibly getting taken advantage of or self-destructing.
I don't want to post too many specific details due to a desire to protect his identity, so I've created a throwaway email: firstname.lastname@example.org.