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20 Aug 2007

schizophrenia
I recently met a wonderful person whom, I think I love and who I think feels the same. To my horror, when I called him this morning he told me he was admitted in a psychiatric ward with schizophrenia, can such a person be able to make informed decisions and could he be a danger tohimself or me?
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01 Jan 0001

There's no simple answer to that. It's good that he told you about his problem. Schizoprehnia, like cancer, is a name for a range of conditions, some of them very serious, some of them less so. Some respond vey well to treatment, some don't. So much depends, then, on his specific type of schizophrenic problem and his responses to treatment. Maybe at this stage he may need friendship and encouragement rather than love. People with schizophrenia at times find it hard to cope with extremes of emotional closeness, so be patient, and if it seems as though you are both interested in more of a relationship, ask if you can discuss this with his doctor, and then with him and his doctor, before going further
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