Hello, I am not sure where to start to look for help, for my 23 year old daughter says she is okay.
My daughter says she is pregnant with Jesus Christ himself. Her religion has taken a turn for the extreme over the last 6 months. She wanted me to stop putting chlorine in the pool so she could baptize and she also said she is going to stop wearing shoes so she can be one with the people. She also told me that God has spoken to her through the tv.
2 weeks ago she told me she was pregnant. I took her to the store and bought her a box of pregnancy tests, she took one and it came out negative. She took a test the next day and told me it was positive. She came over later that day and said that when she was at the coffee shop, a transient told her she was pregnant with Jesus Christ.
I am thinking she has PTSD or something, she is just not herself. How do I go about getting help for her if she says she doesn’t need it? She really does believe this and is now posting it on her facebook account for the world to see, I am scared for her.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Desperate mom
A. Dear Desperate mom, I understand your concern. Post-traumatic stress disorder may not be the primary problem. Your daughter seems to be experiencing a psychotic episode. Psychosis is a break from reality. It’s associated with disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Religious delusions are common among individuals with psychosis.
The fact that she doesn’t think she needs treatment is also very common among people with psychosis. Psychosis causes individuals to be confused, disorganized and frightened.
Your daughter needs immediate, emergency assistance. If you cannot convince her to go to the hospital, then another option is to call the local emergency mental health crisis team. Check the white pages to see what services are available in your community. The mobile crisis team, will come to your home to perform an evaluation. If they believe that she requires hospitalization, they will provide the arrangements.
If nothing else works, then call the police. Involving the police should be a “last resort” option. If they believe that your daughter is a danger to herself or to someone else, they can forcibly escort her to the hospital for an evaluation.
Coercing an individual into a mental health evaluation or hospitalization is never the ideal situation but you must do what is necessary to protect your daughter. When people are psychotic, they may do things that they normally wouldn’t do. It is a high-risk situation.
Finally, I would encourage you to reach out to your local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group. Virtually every community has a NAMI presence. Contact them and ask for support and guidance. They can assist you in the process of helping your daughter. Many of the NAMI members are seasoned veterans of the mental health system. They can tell you how it works and what to expect.
If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to write again. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice Blog
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 Sep 2013
Randle, K. (2013). Daughter Says She Is Pregnant with Jesus Christ. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 8, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2013/09/09/daughter-says-she-is-pregnant-with-jesus-christ/