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Some one really close to me was diagnosed with schizophrenia. What does this mean?

My boyfriend was diagnosed with it yesterday. I really love him and I wouldn't leave him for this and I did some research on it and it all sounds like him. He was cutting himself but stopped, and he was still very suicidal. He was also diagnosed with clinical depression before this and he was on medication for that and insomnia so I thought that's why he was acting like that. I know what schizophrenia is but what does it affect the most? Is he going to still be able to have relationships? Is he going to be on medication his whole life? I don't know what type he has but he's young so could he grow out of it? Is he not going to be able to function as a normal adult is my biggest question.

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Schizophrenia is generally a disease that is identifiable by the age of 19 or 20. It will alter his mind; it will make him have paranoia, and probably have spurts of serious depression, despite the medication he might be taking. This is a for-life disease, meaning he will have it for his entire life. However, if he stays on medication and provided no extraordinary situation comes before him, he should be able to function as a normal adult. If you ever decide to have children with him, there is a chance of it passing down. Remember, schizophrenia can skip generations. Your child might not receive it, but your grandchild might.

So in answer to youe questions, it is for life - there's no growing out of it. As for specific type, I'm not sure. Mainly it will effect his thoughts, making him paranoid and have serious depression. He will be able to function as an adult, and he will be able to have relationships. However, I would keep a close eye. My grandfather thought my grandmother would be able to have a relationship. He was proven wrong.

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Yeah, I know this stuff because it has a chance of passing onto me. I made it my business to give a brief looking down on it.
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yepper, he best stay on his meds or he will flip out

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Be with him.......
or he might think there is someone else around him.

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i think it's curable and can have control over it. As long as he on the meds he should be acting normal. Good luck sounds tough to be there for him but i respect you for that :)

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It is common that schizophrenia appears in late teens, early adulthood. It's good he got his diagnosis now so he can be treated RIGHT AWAY with the proper medications and therapy. As long as he follows the treatment, he can function and live a fullfilling life. Statistics show that schizophrenia is not all that rare, 1 in 100 are at risk. schizophrenia is not curable but definitely treatable.

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my mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when she was 30. she is now 84 years old she's lived her life medicated but functional. she has experienced 5 major episodes which resulted in hospitalization. it will take time to find the right medication for him it's a hit and miss at first. as for you stick close be a dear friend more than anything else. and when those times get rough, and they really will, there's an organization called( nomi) National Organization for the mentally ill. they have support group for the families and friends of the mentally ill. each state has a branch office. I wish you the best.

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It Means He Will Tend To Be Shaky, Jittery, And Think Someone Is Trying To Hurt Them. Make Sure They Take Their Medication. Or Something Could Go Wrong...

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So are you anticipating this to be a life long relationship?

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I once live with a person who had the mental illness. You have to remember it is a disease that will never go away. Anyways, the person whom I was living with eventually stopped taking his meds (yes this was my ex) he got so violent and he tried to stab me with a knife because he thought i was some sort of evil demon. He now is living in a hospital probably for the rest if his life. We stilk keep in contact as friends, but I moved out if state so he would never find me again. I'll always be his friend, but hope to never come face to face with him again. So as of right now phone calls and emails is the only way we will touch base with each other for the fear of my life.

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Listen to this person!
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