Hi I am new here. A long time friend of mine has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and has been struggling with it for years, but he does not acknowledge he has the condition. It isn’t denial but a lack of insight into his condition. He has delusionals and hallucinations that others can hear his thoughts, or voices in his head, and delusions about government putting microchips in his head etc. To him, these are all real. He also describes in his own words that his “brain is damaged”, which I assume is his way of describing the cognitive problems associated with schizophrenia. We have spoke to each other on and off again as friend since 2001, and he really sees me as one of only two people in his life that he trusts, and no one else. It wasn’t until earlier this year that he finally went on medication (antipsychotics and others) which his doctor must have some how convinced him to take.
He was receiving the injections of an antipsychotic on a regular basis and was due to have another injection today, but he got in an altercation at his house with his family and ended up in the psych ward, and is now refusing to take his medications. He spoke with me earlier tonight, really distraught that he constantly gets locked up. I really care about him and I don’t know how to convince him to take his medications. He had been complaining about how he didnt feel himself on them, and that they were making him really tired, and gaining weight, which his doctor was ignoring. He was though for the first time in years calm and the delusions and hallucincations were gone, though they had started to return a week ago, I guess as the last antipsychotic injection was wearing off.
I feel bad for even posting this when he does not know, but I am really worried about him. I know that he trusts me and holds me in high regard, I just don’t really know how to approach him about his meds and his schizophrenia. Does anyone have any advice on how I can use my position of trust to get through to him? I really don’t want to see him end up in jail or prison again =(