My boyfriend told me he had a mental Illness and he takes medicine. He never told me what it was. weve been together 4 months He would always do strange things and say strange things. But I just thought he was quite a character. He always believes I'm gonna do something I said I wouldn't do. But now I know he's schizophrenic I'm scared because of the bad things I've heard about schizophrenia. I don't want to breakup with him but I don't know what to do. What would you do?
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Yes, I would.
It's not curable, but it's a treatable disorder.
As long as the person was open to and consistent with treatment, I wouldn't exclude the possibility of a relationship.
There's a lot of misconception about schizophrenia. It's one of those conditions everyone has a strong opinion on, but very little actual knowledge.
For example, there's this "all schizophrenics are violent and dangerous" stereotype. It's not true. People with schizophrenia are actually 10-14 times more likely to be VICTIMS of violent crime than to be violent criminals themselves.
Furthermore, their prognosis and responsiveness to treatment is largely dependent on familial/peer support and co-morbidity with other disorders.
I advise you to read up on it--what the disorder entails, and what the statistics say about the outcomes you're concerned with. It's your call, ultimately, whether you want to be in a relationship with this person, but if you want to make an informed decision, then it's a good idea to get informed.3
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