The dating scene can be difficult for anyone these days, but can you imagine dating someone with a mental disorder such as schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia and relationships
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thoughts, speech, and behavior.
The causes of schizophrenia may be a result of genetic and environmental factors. The environmental factors include: the age of a person’s parents; being raised in a city; cannabis use during adolescence; certain infections; and poor nutrition during pregnancy.
Signs you’re dating a schizophrenic
More common in men, someone with schizophrenia may show different signs or symptoms from another person with schizophrenia. These signs may give you an idea of if your partner might be schizophrenic:
- Changes in sleep habits and intellectual interests
- Making irrational statements
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Social withdrawal of change in social activity
- Trouble conveying emotion
How does schizophrenia affect relationships?
Being in a relationship with a schizophrenic may mean a few things.
First, as the partner or significant other of a person with schizophrenia, you may not be the main priority in your relationship. The person that treats them, such as a therapist, will most likely be the individual they seek out for advice on managing the disorder.