Hi everyone, I am hoping someone out there has some insight for me.
Quick background: I myself have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, but I also have been in a relationship for 6 months now with a guy who has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The diagnosis mainly came from his PTSD-like symptoms, minor paranoia/anxiety, and sensory issues.
I have been doing all the research I can because I admit that the news is a bit scary when I don’t know much about the disorder. I always knew he had past issues with depression and anxiety (he experienced a traumatic event in the past) and had PTSD issues.
I guess I am just looking for advice, knowledge, or insight from anyone in a relationship with someone diagnosed similarly or from someone who is diagnosed and in a relationship.
He and I have been able to slowly but successfully talk openly about the situation. He has even offered to let me sit in on one of his Psychiatrist sessions. He speaks to mental health professionals, takes medicine, has a supportive family, and even takes amazing care of a beautiful little girl (from his past marriage). He is considered extremely high functioning and his family has described one of his “fits” as him not being able to perceive time and get anxious about obligations.
I can do all the research I want but would benefit from advice from people in similar situations. Thanks!