I'm Scared of My Brother
From a teen in the U.S.: I think my brother has schizophrenia or another mental illness. Recently my brother has been acting really strange, like talking excessively, really sensitive to criticism, talking about uncomfortable and kind of scary topics all with a blank, dead stare in his face.
Last night we were talking, and he suddenly became aware that he was talking a lot and told me to “yell at him” to shut up;. I didn’t want to because i like hearing him talk ( He is/was depressed for a while and we didn’t talk a lot) So, he wouldn’t go onto another topic until I told him to shut up. He got really aggravated when i wouldn’t.
At first i thought he was just joking, but it’s really hard to tell sometimes because he doesn’t give off any social cues, and basically lacks expression. He has been speaking more articulately and it just doesn’t feel like how he used to talk.
Anyways, we both dealt with forms of abuse from our stepdad at younger ages, and my brother was always picked on and lonely at school. (he’s a senior this year) He got really depressed a few years back and never got therapy because he didn’t know how to talk to my mom about it.
A few months ago i started noticing changes in his behavior, like he was desensitizing death, talking about conspiracies, wanting to experiment with drugs, and over all got a really uncomfortable vibe to him. It’s gotten noticeably worse over the past few weeks, like i explained in the beginning. I’m genuinely scared of my brother sometimes and it always feels like he could explode at any second if i say something wrong. We’ve always had a good bond, so I’m positive that this isn’t how he usually acts. I talked to my mom about it briefly and she said she wants to get both of us real therapy after quarantine ends.
I guess i’d just like to know if schizophrenia could be a serious possibility with my brother and if I should talk to my mom about getting serious help for him.
I’m Scared of My Brother
Source: Opera News