thanks that's exactly what i was looking for, didn't really know how to approach this and felt bad about treating him differently so i just acted like he didn't mention it
Np man.. Yeah if hes talking about, its definitely not good to act as though it never happened..T alk about it with him..(Always let HIM being it up though, you bringing it up to him can trigger it) Whether hes drunk or not, if hes talking to you about the situation, he has a reason.. If you ignore the conversation, he could withdraw and it could get worse if he feels like people that he thinks are close to him dont care about him or the topic.
Basically one of the big things to keep in mind is that you always want to try to be positive and LIFT his spirits.. Do not bring negativity around him and dont let others do it either. If hes not medicated well, you have to remember he could potentially have something telling him that hes worthless and he should kill himself. If he fails to disregard that as something that is not actually happening and starts to believe what the "voices" are telling him, it could have very severe consequences.
As i said before, im not a professional. The advice i have given you is the same advice i was given by doctors when i went to appointments with my friend.
Edit: Also, i forgot to mention, if your opinion is ever asked about something sketchy and you KNOW its not real. Assure him that the topic isnt real, but end the converstaion about that topic THERE. DO NOT GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT IT EVER! Specific details are where Schiz patients get confused and cant handle reality and false happening. So like, if he's ever like, "Bro, today, george bush hit me up and told me to assassinate Elmo." Youre response is "Jack, thats not legit. It didnt happen." and then be done with it. Never ask for details or go into any alternate endings or alternate details about the episode.
You don't have "episodes" of schizophrenia. Moreover, it's unlikely that your friend's schizophrenia is severe if he isn't heavily medicated. It's also extremely common to misdiagnose schizophrenia, contrary to what the other poster said. If your friend has any issues with substance abuse, has an unstable work history or if he lives "like married" with someone he is not married to, he's much more likely to be diagnosed as schizophrenic as a young adult male. You can test this yourself by changing your interpreted age on the MMPI. He could have anything else, he could have nothing, he could just be an asshole, he could be lying.
I doubt your friend has the type of schizophrenia you're thinking about and making a big deal about. "Bringing it up to others when I feel like he doesn't have to." - like those girls in high school who went around exaggerating medical stories so people would talk about them. Let alone that you're getting your schizophrenic friend drunk, you should consider the seriousness behind a claim like that. It isn't hard to say one is experiencing the DSM III criterion for schizophrenia. It's subjective, and some people really do just make that decision. They want to have something special about them, something unique. To certain people, madness is an attribute.
In 2012 I was messing around and I got to go through a bunch of case files for pre-adolescents. Probably not ethical, but it was very interesting. You'd be so surprised how many kids come from terrible situations like, both parents murdered, entire family dead, people they immigrated with drowned while they watched. Orphans, who have nothing. Not even citizens. They get sent to foster care, and then adopted to get sexually abused and physically abused, then returned to foster care.
Then they get diagnosed with schizophrenia. What are the odds, do you think? If your friend is well enough to get drunk and socialize, I don't think he has schizophrenia. If he's really your friend, maybe you should be honest with him and tell him what you think.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, after all. In my lay opinion, I'd wager your friend most likely has a personality disorder or perhaps he is simply depressed.
In rare cases it can be misdiagnosed due to the fact that there are some other actually common disorders that slightly resemble schiz. Im nto a psychologist or anything,but i did have a friend who had a dozen professionals tell him he was schiz and then found a big cir DOC who actually confirmed his case as a very common thing called "Harm OCD" which is quite different. Schiz people quite LITERALLY hear and see things that are NOT there.. They have trouble deciphering reality and the false events their brain is causing them to experience. For example, you could appear to him as a demon trying to kill him and he would hear you telling him that you are going to kill him, but obviously none of it would be happening. Also the example above is also correct, they hear voices that arent actually there such as Jesus telling them to kill 5,000 people in the civic centre because theyre sinners. The medicine for this DOES cause people to basically be zombified.. As my friend was on it before being properly diagnosed.. He literally had no emotion at all toward anything.. He was indifferent.
As far as any advice.. My advice would be to make sure you support your friend.. Talk about the issue.. Dont be afraid to talk with him about it and/or other friends.. Openly talking about it will actually help him.. Hes probably WANTING to talk because people with the illness often try to seek reassurance that theyre not going to do what the voices tell them and such... Make sure he knows hes a good person, just sick. His / her friends are the closest to them. However, also remember youre not a professional. Dont offer advice too much, just reassurance.. And as always, if/when the convo comes up, as always, DO MORE LISTENING THAN YOU DO TALKING. He will need support and reassurance that youre still going to be his friends and not abandon him due to the illness.. Sorry you guys are going through this. Its tough. Best of luck buddy.