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Boyfriend with Schizophrenia - September 29th 2017, 08:28 PM

Hello, my boyfriend has recently told me that he is diagnosed with schizophrenia and I really could use some advice on what to do. I love him to pieces and I would never leave him because of this, but I've really never been in this situation before. I would ask him personally, but I'm really nervous and I've never really been comfortable with asking people about personal stuff. So what I'm generally asking is there like some Do's and Don'ts? I feel really awful putting this way because it feels like I'm generalizing the whole thing, but I really want to know how to handle this. I love him a lot and I just don't want to mess up.
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Re: Boyfriend with Schizophrenia - September 30th 2017, 07:35 PM

Hey there (and welcome to TeenHelp!)

It's lovely to see how much you care about your boyfriend and would like advice on how to continue the relationship while taking into consideration your boyfriend's diagnosis of schizophrenia.

I guess really it does depend on the symptoms that your boyfriend experiences and, if possible, how you can help. Perhaps start by reading up on schizophrenia and ask if he is comfortable talking about the symptoms he experiences, and if there is anything specific to him that you can do or should avoid doing. I understand that it can sometimes be a bit difficult in having conversations about mental health, but really, it's no different than asking someone about their physical health.

I don't have schizophrenia but I guess in general just continue the relationship as normal. Your boyfriend is the same person before the diagnosis and while the schizophrenia may affect him a lot at times, it doesn't define him. Ignore any of the stereotypes, myths and stigma about schizophrenia and mental health in general. And if you notice that his mental health is getting worse e.g. not looking after himself, being preoccupied with delusions then it's important to tell someone who can help him. He may be prescribed medication and it's important for him to continue the treatment even if he feels he is getting better. It's never good to stop medication without advice from a doctor as it can cause symptoms to get worse.

Don't feel awful- the important thing is that you are willing to learn about and accept your boyfriend's schizophrenia

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