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Emily 249
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I was wondering if anyone here knew of any support groups for people who know others with schizophrenia. I've been able to find a few online communities for schizophrenics, but so far zip on anything targeting family/loved ones.

My previously mentioned schizophrenic boyfriend is going through another paranoid episode and I don't have anyone to talk to about it. There are maybe three people who know about his condition (he understandably doesn't want to broadcast it) and their support is rather limited. They don't understand that his paranoid spells aren't something I can "talk him out of". It's frustrating, and all I really want is someone I can talk to who can relate to the situation.

Any suggestions for where I can go to for more sympathetic support?

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Hey Hun.. Your Situation Sounds Terrible And I Hope These Contacts May Help You:
1. SANE- (especially for relatives of sufferers)
2. MIND-

Their websites are good, and you may be able to contact someone from them. In the mean time, try and cope... your probably doing so well already. Good Luck..x

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Thanks for sharing those links, lolo.

Emily, how about contacting one of those communities about support groups for family/friends? A big question: Has he found a pyschologist near campus yet? That's another person you can go to for resources.

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Emily 249
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Yes, he has, thankfully. It'd be nice if this one sticks -- his last one told The Boy point-blank after a few months that he couldn't help him. I'm going to refrain from all the colorful words I could use right now and settle on saying that finding a decent doctor/therapist is such a "hit or miss" thing.

Thanks for the links. I'm just going a little crazy trying to find someone who can sympathize. Just today a girl in my psychology class accused schizophrenics of "faking it". Ignorance really can be baffling sometimes.

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As someone with a schizophrenic aunt, I can absolutely sympathize. In my experience, at least, people can be so incredibly rude, undereducated, and just plain (excuse my use of the word) stupid about mental illnesses. So many people I know make jokes about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anything and everything else, not understanding how hurtful their comments can be to people who have these conditions or who are close to people who suffer from them.

I hope the links lolo provided work out well for you, and the best of luck.

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