My family and I are very confused and don't know what to think or do. My cousin has been complaining for a couple of months now that "people" are out to get him. At first it was an enemy, now we don't know who it is.
Within the last few weeks, he has been saying that he hears voices & they're telling him things. We didn't believe him at first, until an old friend of his, pulled his sister aside & confided in her that he needed help because he caught him "talking" to the voices telling them ,"Be quiet before they hear you." Now my cousin has always had a problem with drugs, so we thought that he was on drugs again. There have been many arguements and fights because "nobody believes him". He continuously tells my grandparents (the only ones he really talks to) that he's not lying & he's not doing drugs & has even broke down crying because none of us believe him.
My grandfather went over to check on him a couple of days ago. My cousin has been saying he was leaving to Texas (we're in California) where the voices wouldn't find him. He found he had all his clothing packed & ready to go. He wouldn't give him the car keys & there was a huge fight. Anyways, they've been trying to get him to go to Mental Health, so when this all happened, my grandfather went himself to try and get him some help. It was awful, they went to his house & after evaluating him, my grandfather had to commit him because he wouldn't go willingly. The couselor that spoke with him told my grandfather he was a VERY sick man. This last episode happend on Sunday? Well, my cousin called this morning asked if we could go pick him up because they we're releasing him! He told the doctor he was lying about the voices. I don't believe it, & I'm really scared they he will try to leave now. We don't really know what to do.
We signed some papers, in case he has another episode, we just call them & they'll come get him. He will not have any choice in going to Mental Health once that happens. As for now, I think we're all on pins & needles because we're scared he may do something crazy, and it's up to him to go for help. What should we be doing, or are we over reacting?