I am 25 years old and this past spring worked for my local tax office. I met the owners son second hand and we began to joke and talk and be friends. He is 37 years old. I was told a couple of days after meeting him, when my bosses asked if I had met him, that he is paranoid schizophrenic and has been most of his life. I knew little about the disease and was not thrown off by it because of my misundestanding. They told me about the little quirks he has about sometimes becoming socially withdrawn, but he worked, is a member of a local mideval roleplaying group and visits his parents everyweek. But to me he seemed ok. we exchanged numbers and emails and have kept in contact We reconnected at a company lunch a month ago and it was nice to talk to him again. He told me what he had and he was on five meds and I was honest and asked some questions and confessed my ignorance and he was happy to educate.
I told my mom and a friend about him as I am becoming attracted to him. They told me what they knew and encouraged me to continue my education but to be careful. I feel like they are trying to scare me off from him, not to be friends, I feel they are making me paranoid. I just got divorced after six years so I am not looking for a relationship anytime soon, but want to be friends with him as we have a lot in common and get along well. My question is that how, if at all, do you enter into that kind of dating relationship with a psz if both parties wish it? How can I educate myself more? What are the risks?