I have been married for 28 years to a woman who was diagnosed 17 years ago with paranoid schizophrenia. It has been a challenge that I would say is nearly insurmountable, I say that because there are so many aspects that you have no control over. Things such as whether or not they are taking their meds or not, or if they are taking them at all. My wife was 32 years old when she was diagnosed and from what I have learned the younger you are at onset of symtoms the worse your case is. My wife has gone through times when she thought the medicine (Haldol) was sugar pills and she stopped taking them. There are shadow people outside the house and she can hear them taking about her and telling her she is evil. The people on the TV are talking about her and saying the police are coming to get her and take her to jail. She actually had real surgery on her neck recently and now she thinks they have installed a chip in her neck so they can track her. You have to make your own decisions in your life but my advice to you would be to not marry someone diagnosed so young, to do so would make you a savior to someone you cannot save. Schizophrenia is such a devastating disease and marriage should open new horizons for a couple not close them. Good Luck my Friend....
Published On: August 12, 2007