My sister has been mentally ill for 15-16 years. She received no treatment because she is very religious. She and my family of origin are Southern Baptist, and all believe that therapist and psychologist are quacks.
So the situation finally blew up last week -- she no longer knew who her were children were, she packed a bag and tried to run away from home (by running into a highway). My BIL finally had to snap out of his denial, call my mom, and the two of them took her to a hospital with a psych unit (where she still is).
She's been getting message from the TV and the whole bit. Total psychotic break.
So now she has been diagnosed with bi-polar (I could have told them that years ago) and she is medicated (not sure what). They are working on getting her dosages right so they can send her back home.
I've been wanting her to get help for years and years. A couple of times, I even called her husband at work and BEGGED him to get her some help. I remember the lovely person she used to be, who has been gone for some time.
When I first heard the news, I felt relieved that things had come to a head in a way that no one got hurt and she was FINALLY getting help.
But as the days go by, I'm feeling more and more anger at all the crap she has pulled in the last 16 years. The horrid, horrid things that have come out of her mouth (some directed at my kids, lots of it directed to me). I haven't spoken to her in 3 years because I felt like I had to protect me and my family from her, and so this had made me the black sheep. We don't go to holidays or family meals because they were just too crazy.
All this time, I thought I was letting all of my negative feelings about it go.But now I find that am angry and hurt. And I'm not sure what to do with those feelings.