Schizophrenia can change behavior and personality; symptoms make caring and loving individuals appear distant and cold.
Most people who are married and have schizophrenia met their partners before the onset of the disease."Schizophrenia makes it hard for people to form close bonds.Current and former partners of people with schizophrenia seem to agree that the following two criteria can make or break a relationship: Schizophrenia and Relationships: Challenges and Solutions Every couple deals with finances, division of household duties, and intimacy.Schizophrenia affects these universal issues, but you can deal with them: Contact your local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), or ask your doctor or therapist for information about local support groups and other resources.Baron says when someone is newly diagnosed with schizophrenia, loved ones can help by showing compassion: "The best thing to say is 'I love you. This doesn't change how I feel about you.'" Caregiving for a Partner With Schizophrenia Caregiving for someone with schizophrenia is a huge job, tiring and frustrating at times; without help and support, partners may run out of compassion.
In order for a partner to say these words and mean them, support is necessary.