It is hard to know what exactly caused him to react the way that he did. It does sound like he may be experiencing paranoia related to his disorder. He could have been mid-episode when all of this happened evidenced by the fact that he eventually landed in the hospital. I know it is difficult but you should not take his reaction to this situation and his reaction towards you personally. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder marked by hallucinations and often extreme paranoia. It is the nature of the disorder to cause a person to be paranoid for no logical reason. If he does not want you to call him at this point in time, then I would suggest that you do not call him. Give him time to stabilize.
It is possible that once he is stabilized he may initiate contact with you again. You should let him contact you when he is ready. In the meantime, maybe you can become familiar with schizophrenia and this may help you better understand what he is going through. If you would like to learn more about the disorder, I would highly recommend our resources here on schizophrenia on Psych Central. It is very informative, easy to read website that offers understanding about the disorder from many different perspectives (e.g. the sister’s perspective, the boyfriend/girlfriend’s perspective, etc.). Also, I would be glad to answer any other questions you might have regarding schizophrenia. I hope this helps. Take care. If you have any more questions, please write again.
This article has been updated from the original version, which was originally published here on August 21, 2006.