Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Contact by text

#1

I have a close friend who we believe is going through psychosis he has been the his general doctor and is going to a psychiatrist next week.

I send him texts every couple days just to say hi but I don’t get a response - should I continue to text him?

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#2

Yes…text is a good way to keep in touch. They may not be responding, but are reading your messages and keeping the lines of communication open is a good positive action to take. If they are ever in real trouble they will reach out. Our daughter would ignore our texts but when it came to her getting into a difficult situation she would respond via text to ask us for help. Text more than calling.

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#3

There are different types of SZ…some show “positive” effects (hallucinations, delusions), others are “negative” (withdrawn, apathy, lack of speech). And the effects can come and go. I agree that texting every few days (or whatever you consider to be enough but not obnoxious to a person who is not able to respond quickly or at all) is a good idea.

Our son, who had more “negative” symptoms of SZ, went missing suddenly and for 3 months and we knew his general whereabouts while he roamed and lived out of a car in a far away state but could not really make contact with him. So we kept texting, not knowing for sure what or if he was reading. During that entire time, our son texted me back ONE time. That one response was so precious to me. In fact, I just showed that text to him today! He remembers very little of that time, but is doing MUCH better now!

He still reads emails rarely and has not been on Facebook in years. But he HAS started reaching out to friends, which is huge, and he talks with other people.

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