Hi, I could do with everyone’s thoughts here. My 23 year old brother has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. We are from a close family, of 8, and in the run up to his diagnosis and even now he is very distant from us all. He’ll come and visit from time to time, like over Christmas, but then shuts himself away and sleeps etc. He’ll only spend 30 mins with us at mealtimes and then make excuses to leave the house, saying he’s going to the gym, or to meet a friend. He says he is bored at home.
I don’t think he’s got close friends but he puts friends on a pedestal saying he’s going to make plans to see them. He’s got a group of people that he tries to impress by hanging out at clubs they like. This means that he often goes to techno nights. He hates techno music but will do it to fit in.
Can someone explain why family get pushed to one side and friends get elevated? Thanks.