Schizophrenia (how to deal with a significant other with schizophrenia)

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I would like more insight of how to deal with someone with schizophrenia, bi-polar, depression, and anxiety. I, myself am suffering from severe depression, severe anxiety, and bi-polar. I knew that I was suffering, I still continue to suffer... I just didn't know what I was suffering with. Anyways, I have done research on schizophrenia, but I would like to talk to someone who has it, and who is handling someone with schizophrenia. I want to help my fiance. I know I can help him a lot more then what I have been doing. I understand but don't understand. I understand what schizophrenia is, (but want to get more insight on it) but I don't understand what I can do to help him in a better way. How to handle certain situations. Can anyone help me? Any advice would be very helpful. 

Beginning of the discussion - 10/19/18

Schizophrenia (how to deal with a significant other with schizophrenia)
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Hi @Hidden username‍, I responded to your post on a different area of the forum. I hope I can lend a hand.

I just want to clarify... do you and your fiance have schizophrenia, bi-polar, depression, and anxiety or just your?

Are you wanting advice to help you help your fiance? or advice to help your fiance understand/help you?

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My fiance has all of those. I myself as far as I know, have all those symptoms but schizophrenia. Part of me feels like I have some form of it. But I would like to learn how to help my fiance. What are things I should do with him and for him?

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@Hidden username‍ first off very sorry to hear that your fiance has all of those and that you also, except schizophrenia.

I think the most important thing for you to do is to be involved in understanding your fiance's conditions and him in yours... by that I mean doing your best to go to his medical appointments, including therapies and him for you. That will help you understand better not only what he is going through mentally but also the underlying causes (or what the medical member says is)... by him attending yours and being invovled in your medical treatment, it will allow him the same also.

My fiance had depression also and anxiety when we met and it helped a great deal for me to attend her sessions with her (she also had her own private sessions), so that I could better understand her. For some reason, it is easier for one to open up to a stranger in such environment than your own spouse of significant other, and thus having the signfiicant other that will help you open up to him and him to you.

I cant speak on schizophrenia because I do not have it, but I think my recommendation speak to most conditions, physical and mental.

Have you tried this? 

What are you struggling most with?

Schizophrenia (how to deal with a significant other with schizophrenia)
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@Hidden username‍ any update on your situation with your diagnosis, as well as you being able to be there and support and understand your fiance?