I am new here, and this dreadful illness which took my sister away is new to me too. My sister is in hospital as we speak. She spent 2weeks there now. She has 4 children and doesn't have any mental health history. Her 4. pregnancy was unplanned and she (so we think) concealed it, she didn't have any tummy and when she found out that she is pregnant she was already in 8.month, after she fainted and was taken to an emergency room. This was probably big trauma for her. Anyway baby is healthy and everything went ok. After birth she started to feel down...but her condition wasn't recognized for many months. She had some suicidal thoughts, hopelessness...also she is saying that God told her to do something and she didn't do it so now she thinks she will go to hell (she is religious). She had received 5 ECT "doses" and she is feeling better and doctor even told us, that after 1week she will be able to go home and continue with medications at home. Depression seems to ease off a bit, she doesn't cry all the time, she is happier. The thing is, she doesn't want to admit that she's got a medical problem. She doesn't want to believe that what she actually heard wasn't God but her confused mind. My question is, is this going to go away? And those of you who had ECT...did you realize straight after the treatment that you are actually having a mental problem ?
Thank you for all your help.
I'm so sorry to hear that your sister is so unwell at the moment. It must have been such a shock for you and your family to see her deteriorate and to have these delusional thoughts.
To encourage you, it is still very early days. It's good that her depression is lifting. Like your sister, it took me some time to understand that the vivid beliefs I had held were not from God. It's ok to give her some time to 'hold on' to bits of these beliefs for a time. Give her time to talk to you and the doctors and she will begin to understand that she has been very unwell. It's a gradual process of sorting out what was real and what was illness. With time she will get there.
For religious people it can take a bit more time to sort out what they feel God really was doing at the time of illness and recognising that some of the beliefs they had when ill don't fit with their real faith. Just be really patient with her and talk a lot about what's happening in the everyday with family and her children to help her stay rooted.
Take very good care of yourself, and hope we can encourage you that youe sister will gain more insight and she wilk recover in time.