Join Date: Jan 2008
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|How should I talk to a person in crisis?
Talk slowly and use reassuring tones.
Realize you may have trouble communicating with your loved one.
Ask simple questions.
Repeat them if necessary, using the same words each time.
Don’t take your loved one’s actions or hurtful words personally.
Say, “I’m here. I care. I want to help. How can I help you?”
Don’t say, “Snap out of it,” “Get over it,” or “Stop acting crazy.”
Don’t handle the crisis alone. Call family, friends, neighbors, people from your place of worship or people from a local support group to help you.
Don’t threaten to call 911 unless you intend to. When you call 911, police and/or an ambulance are likely to come to your house. This may make your loved one more upset, so use 911 only when you or someone else is in immediate danger.
New information: she has been going out all night, staying out all night, with someone who she claims is named "Heather" and lives near her. I now believe her to be in a manic crisis 100% now. My sister is normally very shy and couldn't even meet any other moms to connect with before but she finds an enabling friend in a couple of weeks? Nobody knows where she is going or with whom. She has no access to car so that's comforting at least. Unless this Heather has one. Her dh has not been coming home because this has apparently been going on for a while and he hasn't told anyone. He said it started when her doc have her some new meds about 2 months ago. She is on Klonopin for anxiety and some antidepressant that I can't remember. If she is an undiagnosed bipolar the antidpressannts could have pushed her to manic right?
We have to find out who her doctor is and at least leave a message for them telling him/her what is going on. I know they won't talk to us about her condition though.
I believe she is going to require hospitalization but won't go willingly. I know in Florida the Baker Act says something about she has to be a threat to herself of others, which isn't, technically, right now. Our brother and wife have been taking care of her kids. I don't want her kids to get taken by CPS. I want to get my sister some help, What can I do?
I found a Behavioral Health Center in her area with a 24 hour crisis hotline and and gave the # to my brother to call in case anything happened last night. I haven't talked to them yet but I'm guessing she never came home. What about her insurance? She has health insurance but can she just go anywhere? I am gonna give her dh a piece of my mind when I get off of here and tell him he needs to stop running from it and deal with it unless he wants his kids taken. They are dysfunctional and are used to craziness but what he doesn't understand is that,I believe, she is an undiagnosed bipolar and without the proper meds, he has never actually seen the normal her.
Sorry so long, if ur still reading you're amazing! Gotta run.