Hi everyone. I am hoping someone can help me and my husband get a grip on this and hopefully figure out what we can do to help my BIL. My DH's brother was diagnosed with bipolar about
a year or so ago (he's 30 or 31), however, he has exhibited this behavior for at least 3 years.
Does this sound like bipolar (b/c it doesn't to me) and how can we get him back and get him help for good? Here's our story....
about 3 years ago BIL was in another county. He took off rather quickly and said it was for school. One day we get a call, he said he was getting married in a couple months and to get our plane tickets. We were so excited, especially me and started looking into getting a passport for our 1 year old. Then within a few days, things started to unravel. When I started asking questions like "how did you propose," "how did she yes." "when did you propose.", etc. the story started to not make sense. A day or so later DH received a call from BIL's friend and said he was hospitalized - a psychiatric hospital.
He met this woman, fell in love with her, but she didn't want anything to do with him in that regard. He did propose, but she said no. He kept after her, almost like stalking, and her family had to keep telling him to get away. We aren't sure how he ended up in the hospital, but when we finally talked to him, he was now telling us he was Jesus and had healing powers. Everything he talked about was religion and how I needed to baptise my DD and get DH to believe in Jesus and start going to church. Our conversations were exhausting.
After about 30 days, the hospital realesed him with a psycosis/dillusional diagnosis and I believe a script for some scitzophrenia meds. When he returned to the states, he stayed well for a while, but then last year around Christmas, things started falling apart again. While there he seemed out of it, which he has always said the drugs made him feel tired and foggy, etc. As far as DH and I know, he was not seeing a doctor, but just having his PCP refill his scripts. He's been having issues keeping a job and seems to go through them quickly, claiming they are too hard for him. He's a very bright man and held jobs in the past more complicated, so we just couldn't understand. He finally had a really good job and seemed to like it. So jokingly I asked when he was going to buy a house and move out of his parents house. He said not until he gets enough money and that was pretty far off. about a week after getting home from xmas, we get a call from BIL and said he bought a house near his job and is closing at the end of the month (January). My initial thought was he is off his meds and making this all up again. BTW, we have not heard him mention that he is Jesus since he returned to the States. Well, he closed on his house and his parents threw him a house warming party. All seemed well.
In the middle of March (this year), he was fired from his job and broke into his aunts house and tried to steal her wedding ring. When my IL's arrived at the house, they tried to rationalize with him, but he pulled out a knife, started talking about he was Jesus and threatened to cut off his fingers if they didn't leave him alone. The cops were called and was arrested and thrown into the hospital. He was there for a couple weeks and was diagnosed with bipolar and sent home with meds. He was supposed to check in with the hospital, but I don't think he ever did. The entire time he was in the hospital and after he got out of the hospital, he still claimed to be Jesus.
Then about a month later, he appeared on a radio station saying he was Jesus, etc. and was thrown out of the station. He parents hid his passport after the 1st incident and wouldn't give it back. He was still talking about this girl from the other country and how he was going to marry her. I believe he was still calling her. When he wanted his passport and my IL's wouldn't give it to them, he basically said he'd give them eternal life. When my IL's heard that, they were able to call the cops and have him put back in the hospital for observation. Again, after 2 weeks, they released him and he was supposed to check in.
He found a job and seemed like he was doing much better and still taking his meds when we saw him in September, but a couple weeks ago he either quit his job or got fired again, and took off to that other country to find a wife without telling anyone....undoubtedly the same girl. We believes he is still Jesus and is talking nonsense. His dad is dying and doesn't have much time, but refuses to come home to see him b/c God has other plans for him.
We are devastated. We have no idea what to do. We have no idea if the diagnosis is correct. We feel the medical system and judicial system failed him. Because he is an adult, we don't know what to do to get custody of him (if we can) and get him proper medical care and a 2nd opinion.
Does this sound like bipolar and what can we do to get him back in this country and get him help? Sorry for the long story, we are at a loss here.
Sorry, but I have no idea what meds he was on.
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