Age is early 40s, was previously a stable individual, but am aware she’s had some difficult experiences in the past year or so. There’s been this gradual onset over the last 2 months of increasingly manic and delusional behaviour.
As an example, on a recent visit, she took my phone away, because ‘they’ are listening. (which in all fairness, ‘they’ probably are!). She then conducted a loud conversation, for ‘their’ benefit. with a separate sotto voce conversation just for the 2 of us, that the phones couldn’t pick up.
She’s also concerned about a local restaurant, once her favorite haunt, which is now trying to poison or harm her.
It doesn’t seem like schizophrenia to me - I have some previous exposure to a couple of such individuals. And I appreciate this is impossible for anyone to judge from a distance.
We all worry that the down phase, when/if it comes, could be a hard landing, and there’s a danger of self-harm if it happens when there’s no-one around to help her. She lives alone.
But if a person won’t / can’t recognise that they might need some help, what can be done?