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Forums / Supporting family and friends with a mental health condition (carers) / How can I help my daughter who has lost touch with reality? 

Topic: How can I help my daughter who has lost touch with reality? 

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  1. Disassociate disorder
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    18 April 2018
    I'm worried about my daughter she describes feeling out of her body sleep disturbances suicidal thoughts and isolates herself She has had a lot of trauma in her life. She doesn't seem to be in touch with reality says she feels like her mind is racing Doesn't know what day it is hears voices is robot like very worried about her please help
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  2. PamelaR
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    18 April 2018 in reply to Disassociate disorder

    Hello Disassociate disorder

    It's good you've found your way to Beyond Blue forums.

    You'll find the people here are supportive, friendly, caring and respect individual's privacy.
    We're not counsellors or therapists, though we do try to help. Sometimes through the sharing our experience of mental illness, to let you know you're not alone.

    I can see how you would be extremely concerned about your daughter's suicidal thoughts and isolation. It is very worrying for you. If you haven't already, I would go to the doctor with her and explain to them what is happening. This is very important to get a diagnosis about what's happening.

    Has anything happened recently that has caused her to think or dream like this now?

    Do you have any family or friends you can talk with about this?

    It really does help to talk with someone also. Do you know about the online chat and telephone services that are available? These include:

    • Suicide Call Back Services - Phone 1300 659467
    • Lifeline - Phone 13 11 14
    • BB Support Service - Phone 1300 224 636 24hrs/7days a week
    • BB Chat online - 3pm-12pm / 7days a week

    You haven't indicated how old your daughter is - she could access the above numbers, however, if she's under 25 there are other available services for her to call -

    • Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800 anytime, any reason
    • eHeadspace - 1800 650 890.

    Let us know how you get on.

    Kind regards

    PamelaR

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  3. Disassociate disorder
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    19 April 2018 in reply to PamelaR
    Thank you so much Pamela R my daughter is turning 34 next month I have made an appointment for a phyciatrists opinion on Monday so she can be properly diagnosed as I'm not sure if it's from her long term use of ice or is now a mental health issue She hasn't been on ice for 5 weeks I know that's not long though I encourage her to not use again. So I'm not sure if it's from ice use or is definitely a mental health problem She was using ice for 8 years. Though I hesitate to call her a drug addict as she has been able to stop before I think it's more to do with wanting to forget all the trauma torture her exes put her through she was also s abused as a child breaks my heart I just want her to be happy thank you for answering me
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  4. PamelaR
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    19 April 2018 in reply to Disassociate disorder

    You're welcome. Thank you so much for getting back to me. I'm pleased to hear you have an appointment for her with a psychiatrist.

    It must be so difficult for you both. 5 weeks off ice is excellent though. Well done to her!! I don't know much about the effects of ice or the effects of withdrawals from ice to give you any information. Monday is quite a way off. Have you spoken to a doctor or a drug treatment service? In fact, I think should should go to a doctor / hospital / drug and alcohol treatment service as soon as you can. Just to make sure everything is okay with the progress of her withdrawal from ice. Are you able to convince her to do that?

    When you have time, do a google search for 'breaking the ice in our community - Australia'. Have a read of fact sheets about ice and withdrawal.

    Do you have other family members to talk to about what's happening? Or friends you can trust? It is good for your own welfare to talk with someone, sooner rather than later. There are a number different services available - the fact sheet above has a number of organisations, other options include -

    • BB Support Service - Phone 1300 224 636 24hrs/7days a week
    • BB Chat online - 3pm-12pm / 7days a week
    • Lifeline - Phone 13 11 14

    Let me know how you go please.

    Kind regards

    PamelaR

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  5. Tamrin
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    3 posts
    21 April 2018

    Hi

    This is my very first post and it sounds very similar to my own sons situation. A little over a year ago my son was diagnosed with psychosis. He had got extremely bad with the Ice that it took his dad nd I a week or so to convince him to attend emergency and have the CATT team assess him. This was over the xmas period with no other services available. He was admitted to hospital the same day and spend a couple of weeks in the Mental health ward. A year later , I am back in the same situation as his mental health plummeted again. He has just spent 2 weeks in a drug and alchohol reb centre but pulled out as he had another episode ( although its been 5 weeks clean) . Many professionals look at the substance abuse first but I now believe its his mental state that leads him to drugs , not addition first. Because I have moved through the system over several years wading my way through the BS, I am very determined to take another path and find a solution that works for us. Just yesterday , we did a new assessment to see a Physiologist this time and one thats right for my son. I dont waste time with a professional if there is no fairly early indicators of a rapport with them as it creates a feeling of "this person doesn't understand and is too clinical" and your family member will loose faith. I was advised by the rehab, to ring around and get your own feel on the professional. This will save time wading through the system and ultimately getting a quicker engagement and start the road to recovery. Note: If its an emergency, and you cant get them to attend hospital but they are psychotic or extremely in distress you can call the ambulance and ask for a welfare check. They will send out ambulance and police and undertake an assessment on spot. You are also able to ring triage and ask advise. You are in my thoughts , good luck for the recovery road ahead. Tamrin

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