I could make some general suggestions but it all depends on how functional he is and how he responds to treatment but specific symptoms aside you should think of him as to who he is a person first, symptoms aside as I always found that I encountered this problem before I responded to treatment and could not express myself as well.When someone wants to discuss what they're experiencing it's a sign that they need to get it out and I would try as hard as I can to really put yourself in his shoes.Listen to him, believe him, understand and support him.
My boyfriend just told me that he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
I knrw that he had something but i couldn't figure it out.
I would like to know how likely is it that he'll become abusive?
He also doesn't take his meds because he doesn't like how they make him feel, can he lead a functioning life without them?
I would say as a person who has made a basic recovery from schizoaffective disorder (read through my posts) to think of him in most ways like anyone else but as a person with a psychiatric disability.
What is important is to understand normal emotional difficulties in a relationship such as jealousy and irrational feelings he has that may vary and should be mitagated by treatment such as paranoia.
Meds can make one feel very strange and weird to say the least, but they can't be ruled out either; there are so many types of meds to treat the symptoms he's expereincing and keep this in mind also. I'm excited to say that he's so open with me about it now.
Don't get me wrong its not always the topic of discussion but he tells me how he's feeling now and I think him opening up to me has brought us closer then close. I do love him very much and we've been at it for over a year but he just recently, this week, told me about this.
I don't know if he can lead a functioning life or not, John Forbes Nash Jr.