Many people who have mental illness are really demon possessed. See the study "Spirits in the presence of madness" by Dr. Wilson van Dusen, Cheif
Psychologist at Mendocino State Hopital in Califorina. It was a 17 year study conferming Dr. Swedenborgs findings. I don't agree with the Swedenborg
foundation. They are wierd.
You can download the pdf file here.
My understanding is that is demonic, in all most all cases. Hence the voices are demons.
Medication, seems to help with behavior issues. I do not think they cure.
I far as coping, this is very hard. First do not try and control the person, you have to let them go to a point. It is often not possible to reason
with such person, and you will find yourself drained by trying. You must admit, you cannot directly change them. Acceptance does not mean agreement.
When they are “insane” you must realize this and deal with them in that mind set.
Do not tell them “they” are wrong, if they say something wacko. Say something, like “ I hear what you are say, but I do not agree with it or it
does not make sense.” Instead of, “I do not agree with YOU.”
The more insane a person becomes, the more they feel outside of society, this starts to build, as more insane the become the more society, remove
itself from, the insane. Deepings the feeling of loneliness, and separation, which in turns, led to deeper resentment, and anti-social behavior.
We have to find a way to be friendly, yet not support the “insane” behavior. In other words reward good behavior, as much as possible, with
seeming to be faking it. This stops the anti-social cycle. They need love and understanding, without agreement to “insane” ideas. Change the
topics to very simple things, like the weather, the garden, cooking, things that are concrete. Stay away from abstract, and metaphysical.
Any social interaction that can be had, is usually helpful, as long as it is safe. Have friends that can spend time with person, and will help in
being concrete. Love and engagement are very important. As well as a feeling of being accepted.
Do not take any thing personal. Find healthy friends to hang out with to give you a healthy relationship. No man tears down his own house to build
one for another. Take care of yourself first.
Pray, everyday. Read the bible.
The problem started somehow, why? This is one of the powers of confession. The person will revel why they are in such a state.
My recommendation is to find a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church, consult him, and perform the prayers exorcism. If there are any demons they
will show themselves, and be forced to leave. Confession to the priest is very important, if possible.
If after, confession, and exorcism, the problem still persists, it may be demonic or not, but it maybe a physical problem as well. It is generally
demonic. Not all priests, are helpful, sadly, most are, so you may have to try a couple different ones.
Take care, feel free to u2u me anytime