Very cool thread!
So, me being jobless unemployed - I've been doing a bit of couch surfing lately. I stay over at a friends house often and he has a Schizophrenic
older brother who lives with him. His name is Nick (irony?), and he's a really cool dude. He's 26 and has been schizophrenic since age 20. It's
been progressive for him, and he has his bad spells - especially when he denies his meds. He's diagnosed paranoid schizoprenic.
So anyways he has his daily routines which consist of eating quite a bit, lots of bacon lately. If he's not laying down in random places of the house
he's generally pacing around certain parts of the house. Back and forth across the living room, up and down the basement stairs. Nick has a daily
pattern of laying or pacing in what I like to think of a certain 'zone' of the house. A 'safe zone' where he's most comfortable I believe. When
he feels threatened by voices or hallucinations he moves to a new 'zone' of the house. He'll continue to do this until he finds one comfy enough to
fall asleep in.
Nick is a trip, let me tell you. But I got a lot of love for the guy. He seems to talk to himself more at night, when he is up from about 12am until
5-6am pacing, chainsmoking and whatnot. At times in the early am hours I wake up on the couch and hear him pacing and talking in what seems like
tongues. If you listen closely its actually him talking in what seems to be about 5 or 6 different voices. He responds to his own questions and
accusations over and over again. Some of the voices are low in pitch and almost demonic and threatening sounding, others are giddy and giggly. It's a
constant war in his mind between what, I don't know. Waking up to this can get quite disturbing at times.
He has had 5150 episodes before, the gnarliest was when he pulled a butcher knife on a friend who was over at the house. And he does seem to have
severe paranoid delusions. Despite how extreme he may seem to be, he can focus in and have intelligent conversation with his brother, I and certain
friends. If he could focus more he would be a very bright man. Music seems to help him a lot...
I could go on for days about Nick and his antics! It's been really interesting to read this thread - I feel I have a better insight about My boy
Nick's mindstate and how to be more empathetic to his issues.
Do you have any advice for Nick's situation? Anything I mentioned that you relate to?