Mental Health issue run in the family?

@ricki_911 (19031)
Toronto, Ontario
March 29, 2016 7:28pm CST
I am starting to think this is the issue with my mother.She has several cousins who have mental issues. One is known to have schitsophinia. Another, I don't believe has been diagnosed with anything or what was told. Both are nutjobs, and realistically they don't take their meds, and noone does anything about it. One her parents just died within the last 3 years, and she now lives in the family farm house she grew up. She has loads and loads of cats, all sick and dying. How people just turn a blind eye to it. She has covers on the kitchen floor, and hangs things in the trees saying people are coming. Now I was on facebook and my cousin (so long story my mom bialogical mother had her real young and then my grandparents - her moms brother adopted her), well her biological sister is posting all this stuff. She claims people are after her, her house burnt down yesterday, and yes she has about 40 cats and they constantly breed, and die. People are always following her, and her husband beats her. So I sat sitting here reading that and then Googled it. Apparently this would run in the family, and I am thinking that is the issue with my mother. All these family members are around the same age, and all related. I remember once my mother proceeded to take me to the doctor and say I have a mental disorder. Actually I have a real chronic pain endometrosis and bowel disease. But to this day she claims I am lying, and nothing is wrong. Which apparently reading up a lot of mental issues tend to do this for attention, and then basically attack other people.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
I have / had two uncles and a brother who had a mental disorder like this. The one uncle would have fits of spending a lot of money, going off (one time he hitch-hiked to California), joining the army. He was a really intelligent guy though and struggled with it for awhile before he was put on medicine that actually worked for him etc. My other uncle is bipolar with schizo tendencies. He says the diagnosis is different now but this is what I remember him being diagnosed with. He sleeps all day because of medicine he takes, he is really forgetful and he had sort of a cognitive delay problem because of it. We will be going down the road "did you just see that car turn around?" and there was no car in front of us, or if there was it didn't turn around. He sees things that aren't there etc. My brother was more depressed then anything, keeping to himself and harming himself. To look at him, you wouldn't think he had a mental disorder. He did have anger issues sometimes but his was more depression. My grandmother has these buying sprees, severe sadness, manipulative type tendencies. She hasn't been diagnosed with anything but depression. She is the one that says it runs in the family which it does. She also says that we get it from my grandfather (her husbands) side of things. Everyone with a mental disability is different. Some are more the depressed sort while others are the schizo sort, seeing things and hearing things that aren't there. The "cure" for it is just lots of medicine and then they end up sleeping all the time because of it.
• United States
30 Mar 16
@ricki_911 Yeah that cousin really needs to be back on medication. My uncle was off of his for awhile and eventually he would go around literally walking like a zombie and staring at you. When he got back on his meds he confided that he thought we were all aliens and was trying to figure out if we were real or the alien version of ourselves a lot. The other one (who claims she's been beat) sounds like a cousin, she is a compulsive liar but doesn't really have any other mental issues. A lot of the problem with mental health is that the medicine doesn't work for everyone and / or doesn't work the first time so they stop taking it or give up and then they are so convinced that THEIR reality is right they won't listen to reason.
• United States
30 Mar 16
@ricki_911 Yes if something like that happened I'd have taken a picture of where the house was / the remains of the house etc. I don't know how he can put up with the claims that he beats her.
@ricki_911 (19031)
• Toronto, Ontario
30 Mar 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum Iam not sure how he has put up with it for almost 10 years. But I would be more upset about loosing my cats.
@Teep11 (6937)
• United States
30 Mar 16
Mental illness can run in families. It's something we all should pay close attention to. I pray that anyone dealing with mental issues get the help that's needed. It's sad to see people suffer in such a,way. It sounds as if some intervention needs to set in. Take care.
@ricki_911 (19031)
• Toronto, Ontario
30 Mar 16
Actually all of them claim nothing is wrong and they don't need help. I just avoid them so I don't have to deal with it.
@Dena91 (4178)
• United States
30 Mar 16
Sorry that your family is having mental issues. It's the diseases most don't want to talk about or seek help for because of the stigma attached to it. I didn't know much growing up about mental disease but now that I am older and have taking classes in college, I believe my mother also suffered from some. I hope that you can try and get some help for her, though that is difficult to do, as you said they don't want to take their medicines.