Glad your son opened up to you about his diagnosis.
Glad you’re seeking ways to offer him support.
I think the biggest challenge for the family of someone diagnosed (Dx’d, as we call it) is learning what the disorder is and how the symptoms effect the individual and their family.
Schizophrenia (Sz) is extremely complex and includes a wide variety of symptoms. Educating yourselves and what those symptoms are (and their many varieties, degrees and outward signs) is a really big challenge.
In addition to seeking professional help, try to educate yourselves on topics like:
- Types of delusions (as there are many, and they can change or evolve).
- Types and severity of Hallucinations.
- “Negative Symptoms”, such as lack of energy, lack of motivation and drive, poverty of speech.
- How to communicate with someone who is experiencing depression, delusions, or is demonstrating signs of high stress.
- Signs and symptoms of mania.
- Signs and symptoms of depression.
Your son may or may not experience all or some of those things.
They can all happen at the same time for some people.
Remember to keep your own personal support system involved. Having someone else to talk to, or share the responsibility of errands and chores helps you to keep your own life running while you help someone with a disorder.
We are here to listen and share experience.
If you have questions, or just need to vent, we are here for you and your family!