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Friend showing STRONG signs of paranoid schizophrenia and/or paranoid psychosis.

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  1. Celph Titled

    Celph Titled Situational Stopper

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    Has anyone here dealt with anyone close to them that has had paranoid schizophrenia or paranoid psychosis?

    So w/o going into much detail, my best friend, for the last few weeks has displayed text book symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and/or paranoid psychosis.

    Thinking I poisoned him, thinking his computer was hacked, thinking people are on his roof, getting rid of his smart phone for an old school flip phone etc. etc.

    He stopped talking to me altogether, after I told him he has a serious problem and needed professional help. He has shut out anyone who doesn't support the stories of people on his roof etc. So he doesn't talk to any of my/his friends.

    Again without any details, his family hasn't done anything to help since it was brought to their attention.

    I have no idea on how to get help for someone who thinks you are out to get them or won't even talk to you. He also lives out of state, making it more difficult to help him and also see what he has been doing since this all started.

    Tonight I called some crisis hotline to see what options I had to help him, they said because of his age (over 18) that I couldn't do much.

    I guess I just want to see if anyone here might share some info if they have any experience with this.

    I'm going to post this to a more appropriate forum as well. I just want to get as many peoples advice as possible.
     
  2. UncleDrew

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    Serious question...is he on any kind of drugs, sleep deprived, ect.?
     
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    That is the first question that needs answered.

    The hardest part would be to convince him he needs help, which means getting him to a doctor and it sounds like he may not believe the first doctor he see's from what you described.

    From the story it sounds like the best bet would be to have someone video tap the roof of where he lives to show him that no one is up there.
     
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    My thought exactly - I think until he finds out for sure that there's no one on the roof, he's going to think you're the insane one for disagreeing with him. Or, maybe even so "dude, I'll go up there with you and we can take care of them together."

    Like the two cats said, drugs and sleep deprivation are questions that need to be answered asap.
     
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    Bill Walton. Luke, I am your Father

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    awesome.
     
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  6. Celph Titled

    Celph Titled Situational Stopper

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    What exactly is awesome about any of this?
     
  7. Chardon

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    I think I saw an episode of Intervention where this kid was so paranoid of everything. He constantly thought people were on his roof.

    [video=youtube;Iz0WaaD0z1c]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz0WaaD0z1c[/video]

    Hilarious.
     
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  8. Celph Titled

    Celph Titled Situational Stopper

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    Yeah he was on a cocktail of drugs both prescribed and self prescribed, both legal and illegal . My friends and I all know that is was brought this to light. However, we came to find out that schizophrenia runs in his family.
     
  9. Celph Titled

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    He lives in a highrise building, not a house. As I said, he lives in another state as well.

    I used logic with him to the point where he couldn't answer questions I was asking him as to how any of this could be true, but he didn't care, it only made him think I was against him.

    I think if he did see video of his roof that was filmed at the time when he thought people were up there, he still wouldn't believe it.
     
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    there was a guy similar to this in a building across the street from a place I play shows at.. he was yelling at everyone on the street because he was off his meds.. I told him to shut the fuck up and he said he was coming down with a butchers knife.. next day he apparently randomly punched a bartender in the face and got arrested

    SO I think what im trying to say is it will all work out
     
  11. Celph Titled

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    Right, but my goal is for no one to get hurt and for him to stay out of jail.
     
  12. Celph Titled

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    I've tried that approach, asking him to get tested for what poison was used on him, rather then say "get tested to see if you were really poisoned."

    I tried my hardest to go along with his stories to help him through it but it was actually exhausting.
     
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    Hang with him and set it up to look like he was attempting suicide. Call the ambulance. Automatic 3 day psych review.
     
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    That may be the worst advice ever given.
     
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  15. JDeezy

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    You can't reason with a paranoid schizophrenic. What your friend needs right now is support from his family, and from what you've said he's not getting it. Go light a fire under their ass. Your friend is trapped in a sick brain.
     
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  16. Giambiwannabe7

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    Dude, in all seriousness, schizo can be incredibly and suddenly volatile. You need to proceed with extreme caution. They can become incredibly violent when they feel the least bit provoked and have been known to turn on the people closest to them. There are many, many accounts out there just over the last decade or so about schizo's turning on their family/friends and committing murder. The reasons usually fall under the general "God made me do it" or the "voices in my head" to the "aliens forced me to" reasoning.

    I have an uncle who is paranoid schizo, but he's been medicated my entire life, so I've never seen him act out in harmful ways. But, my Mom and Grandma have told me some pretty disturbing stories about him before he was diagnosed. Came out of nowhere, just like your story, in his early 20's I believe.
     
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    First, you need to see if this dude is on drugs. He may not be, but someone needs to make sure.

    As far as getting him help, I'm currently trying to figure this out as well for someone I know. She has shut everyone out who tells her what she doesn't want to hear and although it isn't about her imagining things, it is about her thinking the world is focused on making her life hell. Not sure if she's just crazy or if she's going off the deep end, but it is scary and stressful.

    Hang in there.
     
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    They missed the fact that this man also emptied out a vacuum cleaner and ate its contents. Also, this man needed a friend like you to try to get him help.
     
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    Hey Celph, what if you go see a doctor? Be the one who relays whatever suspicions you have with your friend, tell em what you told us. I'm sure a specialist will be able to give you instructions on how to get started in helping your friend.
     
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  20. Celph Titled

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    His family situation is fucked up to say the least. But that is something my friends and I are still trying to get, as they are the only ones with POA.

    I am for sure.

    You to, Thanks.

    I was told by a mental illness crisis hotline that I can't do much as he is over 18. She seemed more concerned with me then him, guess because I was who she was talking to. I will try talking to other places as well.
     

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