My boyfriend was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in November, and has been hospitalized twice (once in November, and then again in December). As soon as he got out both times he stopped taking his medication and does NOT THINK HE IS ILL. I have tried every single angle I can possibly think of to help him, with no luck at all. He is so paranoid all the time. He paces our home all day, stares out the door/windows, calls family/friends 100 times a day asking if they’re okay, and of course 10 different police stations asking if he’s wanted for questioning.
Recently it has gotten significantly better (for about a week), but I can see the signs are still there, and I know if he doesn’t come to terms he will be back in the hospital soon.
My question is, who do you get someone to come to terms that they have a mental illness? I have realized that using the word “Schizophrenia” shuts him out completely, so I have been saying something is wrong with your thinking, and it helps a little, but he still thinks someone is out to get him, and when he becomes catatonic it’s even worse.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I feel like I am losing this battle, and leaving him is the last thing I want to do.
-A girlfriend holding onto hope for dear life