Heather Geier: Being a Friend of Someone with Schizophrenia


Heather Geier's close friend was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 10 years ago.  The diagnosis made sense to her, as his behavior had been quite concerning for some time.  She worried that he would have a difficult time forming relationships and spend much of his time in isolation.  Unfortunately, her attempts to reach out and help are often met with resistance.

 

Part 7 | Handling a Schizophrenic Episode 

Heather describes the procedure that takes place when her friend is having an episode. It usually involves contacting his father and then trying to determine if he should go to the hospital.

About Heather Geier

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My good friend was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 10 years ago.  The diagnosis made sense to me, as his behavior was becoming a cause for concern.
 
I became worried that he would find it difficult to form relationships and would end up isolating himself.  For this reason I try to reach out as much as possible, but these attempts are often met with resistance.
 
I try to help him understand that this will be something he likely will have to deal with for the rest of his life, and I urge him to take the necessary steps to become more self-sufficient.
 

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Part 1 | My Friend's Diagnosis

Heather tells the story of her close friend's diagnosis of schizophrenia, which happened about 10 years ago. His behavior leading up to the diagnosis was concerning, and she thought him having schizophrenia made sense. She worried that he would have a hard time forming relationships and would end up being alone much of the time. Unfortunately, her attempts to reach out and help are often met with resistance.


 

 Part 2 | The Reality of Schizophrenia

Heather recommends keeping an open mind before making assumptions about people with schizophrenia. Also, she says her friend's medication can make him tired, leading to some issues with compliance.


 Part 3 | Schizophrenic Behavior

Heather brings attention to the issue of lumping psychological disorders together when in actuality they each have unique symptoms that manifest in various ways. Her friend with schizophrenia, for example, has a tendency to say strange things- which can make conversation difficult. Consumption of sugar seems to exacerbate this behavior.


 Part 4 | Caregiving Efforts

Heather talks about her efforts to get her friend out of bed and moving, which are sometimes met with angry reactions.


Part 5 | Early Signs of Schizophrenia

Heather details some of the early warning signs of her friend's schizophrenia and recalls encouraging his parents to get him professional help.


Part 6 | Preparing for the Future

Heather weighs in on how she thinks her friend can create a stable and self-sufficient future for himself.