Hello, my brother was recently diagnosed with Asperges, but the means by which this was discovered revealed what I could presume as additional mental issues. He has maintained for over 6 years that he attended university, and had a job, but for that entire duration he was sitting in a park, all by himself. This is heartbreaking.
I presume this was to avoid social interaction, but this 'compulsive lying' worries me greatly. Obviously this isn't a direct symptom of the condition but rather a coping mechanism, but he is so good at telling you exactly what you 'want to hear' that I am concerned that others in my family, predominantly my other who is caring for him, does not understand the severity of his state. She is attempting to push him into getting a job (as a primary school teacher!), or going to university, and from what I understand, my brother would most likely benefit from a situation where change is gradual and structured. I would like some advice as to how I assist my brother, without making this situation worse.
Perhaps I should add that my mother is a seemingly compulsive liar (always making up stories of saving someone on the street with CPR, witnessing an accident then trying to save someone, etc etc - there's a new one ever couple of months), and perhaps this is what my brother has learned as an acceptable method for handling situations that he believes may lead to confrontation. He;s extremely good at mimicking the 'tone' of a conversation, and repeats meaningful phrases such as 'I love you and think of you'.