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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:32 AM

78. You could see a lawyer about getting the person committed to an institution.

That is one possibility.

You may or may not have enough grounds to take some sort of legal action to get some help for the person.

We don't want to have people placed in psychiatric care just because they are inconvenient, but there are times when it is best to make sure a person gets help. Maybe a pastor could assist you. Maybe you could find a social worker. Depends on the community. Don't be too passive. Do something and do it in a way that shows respect for the adult in the person you are trying to help. That is my advice.

Mental hospitals used to be dismal places. I don't know what they are like now. But I understand that a lot of them have been closed. In some cases, that is a very sad thing. In others, it is good.

I have a dear friend who has had terrible psychiatric problems. I see her a couple of times a week. Only recently have she and her doctor found the "right" medication, one that gives her a lot of good days. Even though she still has tough days, I am just so happy for her. I always give her a hug and let her know that I am happy that she is more present and with us now than she was before. It is a simple thing, but she knows I really mean it, and that makes her feel happy too.

It is important, in my uninformed opinion, to let a person with psychiatric problems know that you see their humanity through the self-centeredness and fear that psychiatric problems may inflict on them. That's my opinion for what it is worth. I hope you find the right answer for you.


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