I have been dating a guy with paranoid schizophrenia for a few months. He has been stable and in remission for several years. Recently he moved into an apt totally completely on his own for the first time. (That is outside the safety net of a transitional/independent living environment) Since then, he has become increasingly more withdrawn from me, as he is feeling overwhelmed with the move and how to manage it all. Having a routine helps him function, and he is struggling to establish a new routine since the move.
Lately, certain things I say or do will upset him out of the blue, that never bothered him before. He becomes angry or refuses to speak to me. He seems erratic and agitated much of the time, and anything I say seems to be the wrong thing, or upsets him further. Today I saw him in a state I’ve never seen before, where he was continually muttering to himself under his breath. He said he had not slept at all, and I am concerned the voices are back again. He has always stuck with his meds in the past, a strict schedule, and holds down a full time job. How can I keep from unintentionally exacerbating this situation further, as he tries to readjust to his new living situation?