My name is (D) I am a 23 year old male attending college, my girlfriend has the beginning symptoms of schizophrenia although she has not been officially diagnosed, and I don’t know what to do.
Here is a little background information: My girlfriend (T) recently turned 21. She has expressed to me over the past year or so she has begun to develop the symptoms of schizophrenia i.g. the reclusion, constant nervousness, irrational emotions, sounds and thoughts that difficult to distinguish if real, etc. Her mother was diagnosed with the disorder many years ago. As a cause of it her mother lost custody of (T) when she was only 14 and she moved from foster home to foster home until she was 18. She currently goes to school with me through federal funding and although the school has some benefits since her parents do not have custody of her she does not have health insurance and can not seek medical guidance for her problem because of monetary reasons.
Her disorder is beginning to affect our relationship, her friendships, her schoolwork, and her life overall. I am in need of desperate advice on how to help her. As much as I have tried to understand, I do not feel like I am able to reach her fully and empathize with her problem to support her. She is very special to me and I do not want to lose her because of a disorder she can not control. What can I do? What support groups can I get in contact with, if any? What non-medication related treatments can I use? Any literature recommended to read? Please, any advice would be greatly appreciated.