My boyfriend has recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is in denial of it. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what is issue is. We are both into New Age philosophy so we are pretty open minded to begin with. But this started about a year ago when he decided he wanted to fast so he could get closer to god. He would go on these week long fasts and then after several months of this, he got withdrawn and told me he thought he was supposed to break up with me. So he did but he continued to fast and get sickly looking. Several friends and ministers expressed their concern but he ignored them. Eventually, his parents with my help got an involuntary hold for him. He stayed in the hospital during this time, but since he did not meet the time period under the DSM to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, he was released with no diagnosis. We got back together about a month after he was released, and he told me that the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him and that I was too quick to think he had a problem. For a while he was acting like his usual self, then January hit and he strted withdrawing from people and told me he was fasting again. Since he wasn’t diagnosed, I figured maybe this time would be different and let it go. He eventually got very thin again, stayed in his room all day meditating and did not take care of his hygiene. By April, the few times I would visit him, he barely spoke. Just sit there and stalemate at me with this creepy half smile gaze. I was certain he had lost his mind. But when other people would visit, they said he acted normal. I started to exit the situation because I was tired of all the weirdness. At the beginning of May, his mom told me that he volunteered to go to the hospital to check on his weight (he’s 6’3” and weighed 115lbs by that time). The doctors then transferred him to the psyche ward. I visited him several times and he told me the doctors may want to speak with me and gave me permission to tell them what I saw. So, I did and they used my observations as a basis to involuntarily medicate him. He was angry with me and blamed me for telling the doctors what they wanted to hear. (Basically saying that the doctors made their decision solely on my testimony alone.) They held him for 21 days and released him a week ago. I thought things would be fine since he was acting like his old self but instead he blames me for his diagnosis and does not want me in his life. I’m really confused. Before he was in the hospital he had shut down completely but now he’s engaged with life again and socializing. He claims I should have told them what he was doing was part of his religious practice and told them nothing was wrong. So, once again, he thinks I acted too quickly and betrayed him. I’m so shocked by this accusation that I’m questioning my own sanity. Maybe I was too harsh or maybe I didn’t understand his religious practice. But I thought I was saving his life. After I thought about it, he doesn’t admit to hearing voices or discusses hallucinations. But I can’t think of any other illness that would drive someone to this type of extreme behavior. Is this type of blame typical for newly diagnosed sc patients? Any insight is appreciated. Thank you.