Can you have a relationship with a schizophrenic?

Can you have a relationship with a schizophrenic?

While many persons with schizophrenia deteriorate, some develop and may maintain good relationships. It might take some time to discover a treatment plan that works for you. It might take weeks or even months for it to fully take action.

Can a schizophrenic person lead a normal life?

Nonetheless, research has shown that with adequate treatment, many persons with schizophrenia may recover significantly, if not completely, from their condition. Many people, for example, live reasonably normal lives outside of hospitals, working and interacting with family and friends on a regular basis.

However, because symptoms tend to come and go, what one moment may seem like control of one's mind may the next be followed by feelings of paranoia or delusional thoughts. Therefore, what constitutes "normal" behavior for someone else may not be clear to the person suffering from schizophrenia. Also, since symptoms can be difficult to treat, what may appear to be normal behavior to others could actually be an episode coming on-line or about to strike.

People with schizophrenia may experience various delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are firmly held beliefs that are not based on reality. People with this problem often believe things that are not true such as: they are being persecuted when in fact there is no reason why they should be; others are trying to harm them; or they are special or unique when in fact they are not.

Hallucinations are perceptions that do not occur in reality but feel real enough to cause anxiety or fear. People may hear voices, see images, smell smells, or feel touches that aren't really there. These sensations can be frightening and disruptive so people may try to hide them by staying inside or not leaving their house.

Can a person with schizophrenia be in a relationship?

Yes, schizophrenia is curable, despite the fact that it may be devastating. I've discovered that having the support of my doctor, friends, and family helps me manage my schizophrenia the best. Nurture alleviates the stress and shame associated with the condition. I was in a relationship at the time of my schizophrenia diagnosis. We had been dating for about three months when I first started to show signs of schizophrenia. My girlfriend broke up with me. She said that I was crazy and kept trying to kiss her even though she told me over and over again to stop.

However, since then I have met other women and managed to tell them about myself and what I go through daily. Most of them have reacted very positively to this news. Some have even told me that they are interested in learning more about schizophrenia or meeting someone new. It's important to remember that everyone who suffers from schizophrenia is unique and can handle their illness differently. Some people may feel depressed while others may have too much energy. The same thing goes for those who suffer from paranoid delusions or auditory hallucinations. In addition, there are many different treatments available for schizophrenia today. So yes, a person with schizophrenia can be in a relationship.

The main thing is to accept yourself as you are now and not compare your boyfriend/girlfriend relationship to how it used to be. If you think you're not good enough for each other anymore, then you should end things before you both suffer further damage.

Is it possible to love someone with schizophrenia?

Loving someone with schizophrenia has altered my life and my perspective. It has been unfortunate, but I have had the honor of knowing and loving him. I'm hoping everything works out for you and your guy. Life can be challenging for those with schizophrenia at times, but understanding and tolerance can help. Moved to the family section because of the personal nature of this question.

Can you have a relationship with a paranoid schizophrenic?

Every relationship has ups and downs, but when one person is diagnosed with schizophrenia, even solid relationships can become strained or couples can break up. Schizophrenics may experience delusions or false beliefs as well as hearing voices that tell them that someone hates them or wants to kill them. Although this may be difficult for outsiders to understand, many schizophrenics know they are not really experiencing these things.

There are several types of psychiatric disorders that can be diagnosed in individuals who suffer from paranoia including schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. In some cases, more than one type of psychiatric problem may exist in the same person. It is important to recognize the difference between normal paranoia and psychosis so that an individual's symptoms do not go untreated.

It is common for people to believe that others are plotting against them or want to hurt them because they are paranoid. This fear may cause them to keep themselves isolated or seek out only certain types of friends. They may also become angry or depressed when they feels misunderstood or accused of something they did not do. In severe cases, a psychotic paranoid may refuse to leave their home or trust anyone else completely.

People who are in a relationship with a paranoid schizophrenic may feel afraid or insecure.

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Barbara Pinto

Barbara Pinto is a licensed psychologist, who has been practicing for over 20 years. She has experience in individual therapy, marriage and family therapy, and group therapy. Barbara's areas of expertise include anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), among others.

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