Thank you very much for your update..but before I continue on with my response once again I am truly very sorry about this delay ..(due to world time difference I'm afraid and when I am next online to answer)..
I am also so' very sorry that the situation between you and Michael has now arrived at this point..and I am also very sorry to hear of him bearing so much other stress
and change due to having his meager benefit slashed in half..( I truly don't know how the higer state health system expects people to survive)..?
Michael will be struggling greatly and no doubt is very upset and angry about everything that has happened...not only has it affected what little pride and self respect he has but it sounds as though that this has also impacted upon his post traumatic symptoms to be sure..
He will be struggling under this pressure very much particularly psychologically..emotionally..and so has most likely determined that 'everyone' has turned against him..hence sadly terminating your own friendship ..
You see he is responding or reactive in and through him symptoms because he doesn't know how else to cope with the pressure..So he is chosing to reject those around him sadly..Why I really believe that he needs much help is so that he can learn or equip himself ( via therapy ) to respond to those who really' care and are genuine in a constructive and healthy way...What he has more than likely been doing all of his life is denying himself the right to any closeness or care or concern..because he has never' received this or experienced this even as a child unfortunatley..
He is working from the principle or thought that he is underserving of love, unworthy..and that he is better off without it..He doesn't miss what he has never had..
and so stays locked into himself and his trauma...
He has had a very difficult time in life and is lost in it rejecting anything good or loving that comes along ..Underneath it all though and through his symptoms he wants to be loved and excepted for who he is but, its getting to this via therapy that's needed..and will involve a much time and a greater need to seek it from him...
It would be 'very' challenging for any relationship ..but he really does have someone very' special ' in you..He just doesn't know it yet or has chosen to reject it sadly..
You are right in taking a step back right now .and you also need to protect yourself..he will be bitter and resentful and is very angry particularly when under any sort of pressure.
Time will tell though ...
Take very good care now at this time won't you..and know that my thoughts will be with you 'both' and his poor man..