Asked by Jen
I Am 99% Sure My Dad Has Paranoid Schizophrenia And I Am Struggling With It Greatly.
I think he has paranoid schizophrenia. He thinks the govt put a chip in him and they can see and hear everything he does. He thinks anyone and everyone around him is connected and scheming against him. I can't use my cell phone around him or he'll think i'm 'connected.' He even thinks other family members are in on 'it'. He is very unhappy and angry and says he wants them dead. I know he needs treatment, I've brought it up several times but he gets very very angry and hostile and denies having a problem because it's 'all real'. I am afraid if I baker act him that it will only make things worse, what if he gets out after the 72 hours and has lost his trust in the only person he had left? (me). What if he is angry and seeks revenge even more? What do you think? Thank you for your time.
Your Dad is playing games with you when he says do you want him to kill the doctor and kill your friends.
How old are you? Where is your mother? Do you not have anyone else who can help you get your father admitted to a psych hospital? Because he needs treatment.
It sounds like he has anosognosia which is a symptom of the SZ where the person lacks the awareness that he has an illness so he refuses treatment because if he's not sick he doesn't need help.
Read my Xavier Amador Part One and Xavier Amador Part Two interviews about this phenomenon and strategies to get your father help.
Your local NAMI chapter in the U.S. if you live here will also be of assistance. Dial (800) 950-NAMI (6264) to find the name and phone number of the chapter in your city or town.
Do not let yourself be held hostage to your father's manipulation. He's real suave and will say anything to bully you into doing what he wants which might not be what he needs.
Based on what you've said: he needs treatment and he needs it now. And you might have to commit him against his will.