I am a college-age student. One of my closest friends recently got diagnosed with schizophrenia. I had worried that something was wrong with his mental health for a long time, but the diagnosis of schizophrenia is a little scary because, unlike anxiety or depression which I have experience helping other friends with, I am truly uncertain how I can best help him in this situation. Also, the diagnosis of schizophrenia was surprising to me because he doesn’t display the severe symptoms that I’ve been reading about that are related to schizophrenia.
I guess my question is, does anyone know how best I can try to be a friend to him with this diagnosis? I don’t know if it’s best to ask him about it specifically and check in with him, or if I should just leave it and not bring it up unless he does. I also worry sometimes that he is doing worse than he lets any of us know and is just choosing not to tell anyone how bad it is.
Any advice on how best to approach this is greatly appreciated. I care for my friend so deeply and I want to be able to do whatever I can to be there for him while he works out his diagnosis.
Thank you in advance!