Hello, I was wondering if anyone here could tell me if my boyfriend has schizophrenia and if he really needs treatment or if treatment would even do anything.
He’s 26 years old. Ever since he can remember he has always had an “imaginary friend”, a man named Kale. His mom is the only other person except me that he’s told, but she passed away two years ago. He says that Kale looks as real as anyone else does, and that he’s really the only hallucination he’s ever had. Other than some noises and things here and there. If he hadn’t told me I would’ve never had any idea. He says he’s generally okay but when Kale starts saying weird stuff he just ignores him. He says that Kale doesn’t like when he talks about him because he feels like he’s being betrayed or trying to get rid of him. My boyfriend says he’s scared to see a doctor because
- He’s scared of him going away because he’s always been there and is his friend and gives him advice and he’s be really lonely and
- He’s scared to make Kale mad and that it might just make it worse. He also doesn’t want to be a zombie from medications or be put in a mental hospital.
But like I said, if he hadn’t told me he sees him I would have NEVER known. He ignores him well and it doesn’t keep him from acting normal and working, having friends, etc. He has been diagnosed with bipolar depression before as well but it doesn’t bother him too much.
I thought it was ok because if it was just the one imaginary friend and he doesn’t make him paranoid like you would expect from that then it doesn’t bother him. But the more he talks about it the more it seems like it might be more than he’s saying. He told me that Kale tells him there are 12 other people like him that can see him and have people like him, and that on the winter solstice every year is when our world and theirs is the closest, and that the 12 people have to be here to keep them apart and that’s why he has to be here. Kale also gets really paranoid and my boyfriend says he’s always had like an impending sense of doom when he’s around.
My boyfriend says he knows it’s all ridiculous and that he knows what’s real and what isn’t and that he just ignores it but it still upsets me that he has to deal with that and I worry it could be making him paranoid without him realizing it or that it might get worse.
Can you have schizophrenia with just one constant hallucination? And doesn’t it usually show when you’re older? He says he can’t remember a time when Kale wasn’t there. Also, if he can just ignore him then would it even be worth it to get him all medicated and stuff? It would be so much work for him. I’m just worried because I don’t know a lot about it. Thanks