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My brother recently had a Psychotic breakdown

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Kurisutaru

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Hello all, I really need some help.

I have a 27-year-old brother that has mild retardation. Yesterday in the early morning hours, he started to wake my mother up and talk to her about very strange things. After doing this 4 times during the night, my mother woke me up to see if I could help make sense of what he was talking about and doing. I tried to calm him, but he only got worse and eventually, we decided to take him to the emergency room. When we got there he explained to a nurse he was having visions and that he wanted to hurt himself and others. Over the course of his first hours there, he ended up attacking myself, punching two nurses in the face, and biting the arm of a doctor. The nurses told us we were no longer able to visit him and that they were going to contact a counseling facility to see if he could be taken to a psych ward, which is where he is at currently.

The problems I am having at this moment are that for one, he is being treated as an adult as my mom never got guardianship over him. My brother literally has the mind of a 12-year-old and can't even tie his own shoes. Today I finally was able to have contact with him over the phone and he told me he was sorry and that he was doing ok now. He told me they were working on his "anger management problem". I tried to ask the lady that answered the phone when I first called what they had found out about why he went through this and this lady was very unhelpful. She said she had no idea what was going on with him but that he had seen a doctor.

I am wondering what we can do for him at this point because I believe what he went through was psychosis. He has never ever done anything like this before, never hurt anyone, he is always really nice. It is very out of character for him and before this happened we had many stressful events taking place. Our grandma died in April and it was hard on the whole family. We are still taking care of my grandfather who has dementia and he is very hard to take care of. The day before this happened to my brother, he was out at the hospital for almost two days with no sleep, trying to help with the care of my grandfather. I think all this stress led to him having this breakdown. But I feel that when he is speaking with the doctors, he has no way to explain what had happened, he has no way of understanding it because of his retardation and I am afraid he will be misdiagnosed and will not get the treatment he really needs so that this doesn't happen again to him.

Thank you to anyone that reads this and I would really appreciate any advice. I really love my brother and I just want him to be ok and be treated so that he doesn't end up in this situation ever again.
 
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Kurisutaru

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My brother had another episode at the psych ward today...he punched in roommate in the stomach. Nobody with any advice? :(
 
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linus

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He certainly needs professional help now, it’s a highly acute episode and until you get the brain to adapt with the meds there is nothing you can do. This could last up to 4-6 weeks, but with some additional meds he will be calm in just a few days. He needs a lot of love, support and understanding from everybody, don’t make him feel ashamed about this, it’s maybe the most serious disorder a human being can experience.
 
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