Dating a woman with schizophrenia
Dating someone like me, with schizophrenia, has its challenges. What I lack in culinary expertise and concentration I more than make up for in a caring nature and sensitivity. Pregnancy complications There are all kinds of complications (and success as well as horror stories) pertaining to schizophrenia and pregnancy due to the effects of medication. I may want prompting when to take medication or need support in social settings. Friends Schizophrenia can impact on social skills and I don’t have many friends because of this. Open and honest We’re used to being open and honest in our therapy and with our psychiatrist – we need to be. Sensitive Often the most vulnerable people (like us) can be sensitive to others’ needs. Generous Most people with schizophrenia that I have met have been very generous to those willing to stand by them, thanks to the stigma from others we experience on a day to day basis.While you should never avoid dating someone with schizophrenia because of tabloid headlines or bleak Hollywood stereotypes, there are some things here you may like to weigh up before getting involved further. My psychiatrist always knows best So don’t try and advise whether or not to take medication, or tell me when I can and can’t call in sick. Struggle with concentration You may have a battle on your hands if you want me to settle down to watch a film or a play. I may be very tired Often medication can make me very, very tired. A side effect of anti-psychotic medication can mean I struggle with concentrating for more than 20 minutes. I’m disabled Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling of mental illnesses, so expect me to travel with a Disabled Rail Card because my car insurance is sky-high. I claim benefits Because I’m disabled I’m entitled to Personal Independence Payment and sometimes on benefits (though not all the time).
Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness and despite newer options in treatment and therapy, a person affected by it will never be able to offer you the kind of emotional and psychological support that a completely healthy partner can.Hi, I was just wondering if someone could give me some advice please.I've started seeing a nice man and he's actually a dream man, but the other day he told me he has suffered from schizophrenia.With regular treatment and medications, it is possible to keep the symptoms in check and if you find that someone with schizophrenia enriches your life with love and meaning, there is no reason why you should hesitate dating him or her.In such a situation the first thing you need to do is gather as much information about the illness as you can.