What would you do if you had a schizophrenic friend?

@Capsicum (1444)
United States
July 29, 2009 3:56am CST
My best friend has once again decided to stop taking his meds. He is unbearable without them.Also he cannot see what is happening in these episodes. Do I ditch him for good or tell him when he feels better we will talk? I have warned him many times to stay away un-medicated ,it drives hubby and me nuts.
4 responses
@devmitra (274)
• India
29 Jul 09
Helo Capsicum.You are in a really troublesome crisis.What Iam going to suggest you is easy to type and post,but I can realise,how difficult it will be to handle the situation on your part.I do feel sorry for the mess you are in,but at the same time,I reckon,that your friend is in a far deeper trouble and needs company,support and words,that soothe his troubled mind.I know its irksome,but if you can hold on your nerves,may be you can find hope.This may take time,but you won't regret being guilty ever.Besides,your friend is a patient,and a patient is devoid of reason and logic.Help him Capsi,he needs good,loving souls around himself now. You just need to display endurance and compassion,that will mean a world to him.You will be that special blessed angel in the eyes of the Lord.May God give you the strength to fight and conquer the situation.
@devmitra (274)
• India
30 Jul 09
Thanks for honouring my response as the best response Capsi.Don't worry.Give time and patience,and you shall find everything blossoming back to life.Have a great day.
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
30 Jul 09
Yes I just saw him he is in a very bad way. He is also not ready to agree with me.He tells me he feels great.So he will think and get back with me tow. and possibly admit that he is suffering at least a bit.Things will work themselves out it just may take a bit of time.
@amyson (3509)
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
if i had a friend with psycho problem.i will definitely help him out.since i am also in the medical field i can relate to this question.as much as possible i will understand him and i will talk to him and listen to what he says it gives him comfort and assurance too.but always be very careful,when talking to him not sit too close with him he might strangulate you.also if you and him walking do not let him stay at your back or do not take a lead.always walk beside him but do not touch him.he might give false impression this will lead to aggression.medication is very important to a schizophrenia it needs to take continously.i also needs to have regular check-up to psychiatrist one a week.
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Thanks for being honest. I told my friend that hubby said he could no longer come around ,If he choose to stop meds. because of concern for my well being. As I was his nurse and he has nothing we do try to help him as he would us. He is a good person and all has worked out,he is also not the violent type only verbally.But the verbal abuse is just as hard,I guess his thoughts of loosing my friendship after my hubbies words,made him choose the meds once again. Thanks Capsi
• Philippines
29 Jul 09
That's a very problematic situation...If a am placed on your shoes, I also do not know what to do... I think you need to advice him to take medicines or confine him on mental hospitals... I dont know.
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I have decided to tell him he is in one of his episodes today.If he does not go back on meds. ,I cannot handle him.I will be a bundle of nerves.This is not to say ,I am selfish. I have been friends with him for over 15 yrs. now.
@divkris (1156)
• India
29 Jul 09
as a good friend you should probably tell him what he does without these medicines. Probably you can even take videos of his act and then show it to him when he is back to normal. Please ehlp him or put him somebody's guidance and counselling :)
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I have done this before ,Many times.I understand his illness and want to help.But my nerves just can't tolerate it anymore.Today is the day ,I am going to tell him we will see how it goes.He does not realize it,and I don't want to make threats as to not seeing him anymore.I have taken him to a psychiatrist ,I thought would help. And alot more.