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Want to save my marriage to a schizophrenic

Question: My husband is a schizophrenia patient. I did not know this before marriage. It is three months now and my life is worse. He complains to me by saying that I’m in a relationship with someone else and am cheating on him. Even his parents abuse me. I don’t want to leave him but I have no choice. If I leave him I will lose my love and if I choose him I will lose my self respect and even my parents support. My in laws are not supportive and they blame me for everything. I love him because he is my husband. I wish that somehow I save my marriage.

Answer:

Living with a partner who has schizophrenia can be extremely difficult indeed so I understand how tough it is for you. You haven’t mentioned whether he is under treatment for it or not? Because Schizophrenia can be effectively managed with the right medication and psychotherapy. Remember, when he suspects you of cheating, it is his delusion talking, because of his illness. It is not REAL. And at the same time, it is not under his control. He doesn’t know how to control these thoughts that torment him. I suggest you gather more information about Schizophrenia, consult a psychiatrist or psychologist on your own and get as much information as possible. You love him, and you don’t have to leave him just because his mind doesn’t know what it is doing right now.

Related reading: She’s in love with a schizophrenic man

There are every effective treatments available. I have personally worked with many schizophrenia patients who are leading fairly normal lives with their spouses now. So don’t give up on him, let information be your strength and weapon to fight this. Find a professional who can open your eyes about what Schizophrenia is. Get in touch with me if you’d like to talk about this more. All the very best!

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