Learn to feel the same things, and learn to see his or her world the way they do during an episode.To gain trust, you must connect on the same level as the schizophrenic and be well aware that if you date one of us, there will be times that the "disorder" rules our perceptions of reality.For him, having someone who will love and support him in everything can be an important factor in his healing process or at the very least in his learning to live with it.

Life will never be fully normal, though it may be very rewarding and fulfilling.

If you are ready for that kind of life, by all means, go ahead. A real relationship is possible but it will certainly be different.

Seeing something is wrong, sometimes is very difficult.

I disagree with the other poster who said to regard him as something less as anything you want him or her to be...

My friend has paranoid schizophrenia and we had a little relationship when we first met.

He dumped me after 2 weeks when his paranoid thoughts came back.

Sit down next to him or her sometimes when you talk, and just talk about life in general, we can be very spiritual, some believing it is god who talks to us. 2000 years ago, during Jesus’ time, we were highly regarded as shamans, saints, profits… Its all about molding into the world of the schizophrenic, if you can understand our perception, if we ever sit down and talk about it with you, then you can have a nice, good, long lasting friendship or relationship with us.

But, if your one of those people who eventually “just cant deal with it anymore” then its best to let us just live our lives without disappointment.

Some schizophrenics, like myself, consider friends to be life lines, literally.

During an episode, it is very important that we have someone who can connect with us, that we trust, to TELL US, when we are sick.

If you can see past something’s, regard them as funny (to yourself), learn to talk to us in an altered way when we are sick, we can be talked OUT of psychosis (That is what a good therapist does). It is my subconsciousness talking to my consciousness.