Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.
It sounds like the psychiatrist scared your sister with whatever she said. For your sister to react the way she has, whatever was said was not helpful to her at all and might even made her feel worse.
With how your sister is reacting, it sounds like she might have anxiety
. She seems to be trying to "control" what happened to her through finding out more information about whatever it was the psychiatrist said. Most people who suffer from anxiety experience feeling out of control and will believe that they are going crazy, when in fact they are far from it.
It does not sound like your sister has Schizophrenia. From what you have described regarding her symptoms, she sounds much closer to anxiety or a related disorder.
It may help your sister if she visits her regular doctor to ask him/her about what she heard. The doctor can reassure her that she is fine. She would also benefit greatly if she could see a Master's level or Ph.D level therapist. There is no need for her to see a psychiatrist for treatment, unless she is taking psychiatric medications. And in that case, she only needs to see the psychiatrist for the medications and not for the treatment. Also, there is no set rule that your sister would have to be seen for 20 sessions before advice could be given to her. Any therapist can evaluate your sister and begin to help her with the first session.
You can also help your sister by reassuring her that is most likely has anxiety. Anxiety will cause most of the symptoms she is experiencing, possibly including the pain in her stomach. Here are some resources you can use to help your sister feel better:
On line links:
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by William J. Knaus EdD and Jon Carlson PsyD EdD
Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne and Lorna Garano
You can also encourage her to learn to relax. Here is a guide to relaxation she can practice daily:
I hope this has helped you,
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