I am new as well. I am 32 years old and I ve just came out of existential depression, that was quite tough, and I think I will battle my GAD til eternity, but these are not the reason I am here.
My best friend has been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia for 20 years now since he was 11. For a long time i did not understand why he is struggling with any kind of official paperwork or making phonecalls. I accepted him as a weirdo, even though I tried to understand him but he never really been open about his feelings. Since I know him he hit rock bottom a few times, that means that he lost his job, his accomodation, but he was able to stand up again with the help of friends. Since we have moved to the UK its just me and him. Not many people knows about his condition anyway. So the thing is that we suspect that he is autistic. Recently he cannot function very well. It is an extreme downhill that is hard to watch. He cant go to work, he cant make phonecalls, he mostly cant get out of his room. I see how he will lose his accomodation, his income, his everything and hit rock bottom again. And I dont know how to help him. And to be honest I have no idea how to reason with a paranoid genius. He doesnt want therapy, he doesnt want medication and all this for a 'perfectly good' reason of course. He is also talking about being suicidal that freaks me out. I talked about this to my therapist and she suggested the possibility of forced sectioning in the case of self-harm, that sounds horrible to me and I dont know if I would be even capable of doing it. She is saying that is tough love, but I dont know. I am frustrated, helpless, and totally clueless. I am sorry if this doesnt fit into the topic profile, but this is my story at the moment.
But I also like reading, music, and having long, exhausting debates with my friend.