I can't really help you with that one; I met my husband when I was 21, and since he was a psychiatric nurse on teh ward where I was a patient at the time the diagnosis was never an issue.He met me when I was ill, and still wanted to know me. I know exactly what you mean; although I hadn't been diagnosed at that time I still found it incredibly difficult to get to know people (I always felt like I was having to feign interest, because it was so hard to do small talk, even with people I really wanted to date) and never knew what to tell them about me.He hasn't been hospitalised for over 5 years now (he's 32). Also I have begun to feel depressed over the last few months, I read today on an internet site that the partner of a schizophrenic is likely to develop depression, & a good support network is important. There are a lot of people that are nice and you can make some good friends and get some good advice. I thought the empathy issue was part of his condition, it didn't occur to me that this could be a personality trait. We went for coffee to try & talk things over, He wanted to meet at 3pm, as he 'had to have an early night because he had an early start at work the next day'.
Schizophrenia is, according to Merriam-Webster, “a very serious mental illness in which someone cannot think or behave normally and often experiences delusions”.
We're still together 13 years later and have four kids. I find I have the same problem with meeting people now. My eldest is now eight, and yet in spite of her having been through nursery and school here I only really ever got to know one other mother. One thing I've been working on with my keyworker is the getting to know people thing.
Talking to him about it has helped a huge amount; and also I'm finding that if you try and ask questions rather than fighting to find answers it's easier to break teh ice with people.
There will be vast changes in their behavior and the way that they take care of themselves.
This generally means things such as not completing everyday tasks; dressing and bathing.