A year ago my g/f's brother got diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after he shot up his own house because he thought someone was attacking his brother in the middle of the night. One bullet hit his brother in the foot and shattered the bones. Til this day, he's walking with a limp. Another bullet went through the bedroom door and hit the father in the calf but he's fully recovered. Anyhow, he ended up in a mental institution for a few weeks after a couple of months of jail. My g/f decided to take him in and the first couple of weeks were rough. i was sleeping with one eye open and any slight noise basically had my heart jumping. i wasn't really sure how "well" he was. every so often, he'd make a comment like, "there's someone in the closet watching us." i'd then have to physically get up and check to ensure there was no one there. he eventually got well enough to be able to sleep at his mom's (original shooting). flash forward to today. he's been staying with us for the last two days. the latest episode he said someone called him from an unknown number and fired gun shots as a threat to him (he was involved with drug dealers prior to his paranoia, he actually owes them 10 grand but the family has paid half of it). now the whole family is here to try to calm him down. keeps saying someone is in the backyard running around. i went out there to "check". i've been around him so long sometimes i even start to believe him. i find myself looking in the closet more than usual and think i hear a creak of the floor out of the blue. not sure how much more of this i can take. i know it's even harder on my g/f but damn, it's like taking care of a baby. the guy can't go anywhere alone without freaking out. he's 25 and can't sleep without someone in the same room. anyone live with a schizo before? were they "cured"? this guy is on about 5 meds and it doesn't seem to help.