HELP! Sister in NYC needs psychiatric treatment but doesn't want it.
May 27, 2014 7:25 PM Subscribe
My sister is frightening the people who love her by expressing suicidal urges. She isn't sleeping or eating, and even coworkers are worried.
posted by Sullenbode to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sister is in her early 30s, living with a roommate in NYC. She's currently seeing a therapist for general counseling, but that hasn't seemed to do much. Here's what's been most alarming in the past few weeks:
- Expresses a wish to die
- Says she has nothing to live for
- Barely eats, and throws up when she does
- Drinks excessively
- Unable to sleep
- Is not receptive to comfort or advice
- Talking about her emotional state worsens her unhappiness
- Doesn't recognize that her behavior scares others
She's had episodes like this many times over the course of her life, and they seem to be getting worse in length and intensity. I and the others who love her are terrified and exhausted. Nothing we say seems to help, and each successive emotional breakdown seems more extreme. One of her friends texted me in a panic because Sister said she wanted to dive under a bus.
As far as I know, she hasn't actually threatened suicide; she's only talked about the desire to do it. All the same, none of us non-professionals are equipped to help her anymore than we've already tried and failed to do. Suggestions to see a psychiatrist are brushed aside out of fear that the doctor might prescribe medication that causes weight gain.
Is there anything at all I can do to encourage/force her to seek treatment? I might not have described the issue well, but this is absolutely NOT just a "bad day" for her. I'm beyond sure that her behavior is not that of someone who's mentally sound, and that she'll never achieve mental soundness on her own. Her history bears this out.