My wife began showing signs of a mental illness about a year ago. She has been hospitalized 4 times in 6 months, but stops treatment and medicine once released. I don't think she has been properly diagnosed. She is getting worse by the day with very powerful delusions. My wife is having paranoid delusions that center around people trying to harm her. She writes notes to them before she goes to sleep to tell them to leave her alone. Then she goes on to say that if they won't leave her alone, then to allow her to go quietly with no pain. She believes that the main person who is controlling this is one of our neighbors. It is destroying our marriage because she thinks that I can stop it from happening. She srtuggles to get through the day, and recently lost her job as a result of her behavior at work. She refuses medication, yet I have seen that they can help her from when she was in the hospital. I have two children under the age of 10, and she can't control what she says in front of them anymore. She is 39, and I'm told that this is a bit late to start showing signs of schizophrenia, but I can't deal with this anymore. I'm trying to protect the kids from her actions, but it is getting too difficult to do anymore. I have found notes in the house written to her friends saying that when she is finally dead, please give her a proper funeral and burial. That is the strange part, because I would not call her suicidal. She wants to live, and says so all the time. my fear is that if she thinks people are coming after her to kill her, she may look for a way to do it herself to avoid them getting to her. She thinks they are in the house every night talking to her. When I ask her why they are coming after her, she says it is because they go after "bad people". When I ask her why she thinks she is a bad person, she has mentioned that is has to do with the fact that she liked this man in the neighborhood, and now him and his wife have set the ball in motion to do away with her. I have asked her if this man ever hurt or threatened her in some way. She hesitates, but then says no.
Can someone tell me what disorder this might be? I know that a good diagnosis can really help with a treatment plan.
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