I hope it’s ok to post this here. I didn’t see an area for supporters and wasn’t sure where else would be appropriate.
I don’t have schizophrenia. My sister who lives far away was diagnosed and forced to go on medication for the time being. I don’t know for sure whether her diagnosis is legitimate because there is a lot of family drama involved and what outside people may see as her paranoia I see as an understandable reaction to controlling, abusive parents.
Since she got away from them she seems to be doing much better. She is working full time, she’s communicating with me a lot more and our conversations are coherent and seem pretty neurotypical. But I am not sure whether that is due to her medication or relief from abuse or both. She plans on moving closer to me soon and going off her medication at that time because she doesn’t believe she has schizophrenia. I honestly don’t know whether she does have it or not but if she does, and if going off her medication precipitates the appearance of symptoms, what can I do? Especially if she is in denial, what is the best way to help her? I don’t want to enable denial but don’t want to make her feel unsafe either.
Are there resources out there for family members and loved ones? What do you wish your loved ones had done better or differently? I want to learn all I can; I’m scared of accidentally pushing her away when all I want to do is help her.