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My sister has been having severe manic episodes along with

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My sister has been having severe manic episodes along with anxiety and depression. She is 25 years old and has refused any type of psychiatric treatment. She has been in and out of ERs for the past year complaining of symptoms that do not physically manifest themselves. How can I force help if she is a legal adult and she continuously refuses psychiatric help?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kelley replied 7 years ago.
<p>Hi,</p><p> </p><p>Thanks for using JustAnswer.</p><p> </p><p>I am sorry to hear that your sister is having such a tough time. It can be so frustrating when we know that a loved one needs help but they do not know or are unwilling to seek assistance.</p><p> </p><p>There are a few ways you can force someone to get assistance. One would be if she is a danger to herself or others. If she is saying she wants to hurt herself then you can call the police, they will do an evaluation and can take her to the hospital. Another way, and probably better in your sisters case since you did not say she was suicidal would be to go to a judge and do an ex-parte. An ex-parte would be where a judge orders your sister to get a psychiatric evaluation.   </p><p> </p><p>I hope this helps!</p>
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