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I have been doing pretty well and glad that I take "Lexapro" to help me with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. That medicine has been a lifesaver for me. I mainly continue to take it to be more resilient. I have a child that is on the autism spectrum. That kid is also on Lexapro. But my two brothers (identical twins) have schizophrenia. One was recently diagnosed, although he has had symptoms starting from age 22, he has had to be hospitalized a few times, but only during those times has he ever had medication. He doesn't believe in medication or therapy, and frankly, it is clear that his brain is shrinking. His brother has late-onset, probably starting from age 40, but could have been sooner, as I don't doubt that he probably hid it. He was recently diagnosed from being hospitalized with bipolar with psychosis. His identical twin was originally diagnosed with major depressive disorder, but now it's schizophrenia. I have always believed that both had schizo-affective, then as time went on, I believed it was schizophrenia. Doesn't matter as the treatment is the same, but they don't think they are ill and do not want counseling or medication. I'm overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted.
 
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Hello and welcome!

Can you tell us a little bit more about your relationship with your brothers (do you live with them, or how often do you see them)?
 
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well, my brothers do live with me, I made my house into a duplex. But tonight, one ran away. he was angry and didn't want to live in my house, and said he was going to find a trucker to take him to texas.
 
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BTW, thank you for the welcome and hello, I'm so lonely and distressed.
 
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Hello Koaster, welcome to the forum.
 
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BTW, thank you for the welcome and hello, I'm so lonely and distressed.
Raising a child is hard enough, but trying to take care of two people with schizophrenia on top of that?!?!?! I can't even begin to imagine how stressful this is! You need to be recognized for what you're doing. You are a life saver!

Has your brother run away before or is this something that just happened? In any case, you need to call the police. He likely didn't get very far and is still close by.

It really sounds like you could use some help. There is nothing wrong with that! You're doing your best in an impossible situation! Are there some family or friends that you can lean on?
 
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Hello Koaster welcome to the forum :welcome:
 
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