As a stereotype for most persons with schizophrenia, there tends to be the feeling of being “preyed” on or perhaps even… feeling as if someone is out to just destroy you.
Since my diagnosis, my husband has told me on many occasions that no one is trying to ruin anything of me with malicious intent, however, when I come across his text messages that are on his phone (We share a phone since I don’t have one), there seems to be proof of otherwise.
My husband and I have always been open to going through each other’s phones, Facebooks, and e-mails. When I had my phone, he would pick it up whenever he wanted, go through it as much as he wanted, and could ask me any questions he desired. In turn, on occasion, I do the same and since sharing a phone now, well, we both see who we are both conversing with at all times.
Last Tuesday, my husband decided to go hang out with a few friends of his and this apparently pissed off his mother. I wasn’t aware she was texting him until he came home at about midnight and he began telling me how she had been texting him all night. I asked what she was texting him about and he said that it was “nothing to worry about”.
He went in to grab a drink and I asked to see his phone. He handed it to me and I went straight to the messages to see why he was so worked up about her texting him. Although the messages from her were deleted (He does this so I can’t see the malicious things she says about me), I had found a message where he responded (and this isn’t exact words, but very close), “My wife doesn’t even know you are texting me right now so I don’t know why you always have to say such bulls*** things about her”. It went on to where he was telling her that I’m not a bad person like she seems to think and that I’m not a liar that she seems to make me out to be. That he knows she refuses to give me a chance because she’s unhappy that she’s not the main woman in his life anymore.
I said nothing to him and gave him the phone back. The next day, I find out that she had sent him more texts and since he didn’t make it in time to delete it, there were two of them that said something along the lines of “All she does is use people” and “I can’t believe that’s who you want to spend the rest of your life with”.
Now, before my husband went out with his friends on Tuesday, there was no fights, no confrontation, or issues between her and I… Not even anything between him and I. There was however a fight between him and her because she didn’t want him to go hang out with his friends, so when she wanted me to be on her side about it, I told her that I think it is alright that he go. This is where I am confused on how this apparently started a fight that had to do with me when I wasn’t even aware there was a fight going on. When I saw her around the house, she would smile and talk kindly as she typically would… led me to believe everything was fine and dandy.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. Its a frequent thing since we’ve been married. She even likes to make outright inappropriate remarks to embarrass. Whenever I tried to commit suicide a year ago, and I got out of the hospital, it wasn’t even two days later when she tried to make a joke in front of my husband and all of his friends (There were about ten of them over) that “haha, isn’t trying to kill yourself what you kids call an Emo? Aww, are you an Emo? haha”. No one else was laughing with her and it immediately made my husband explode. Our good friend (at the time) actually told her that her remark only two days after me trying to commit suicide just definitely (as he put) “Was not at all cool, man”. She never apologized. Instead, she left the room with saying, “Oh, well I thought that’s what an emo was”.
Just yesterday she sent my husband a text message trying to accuse me of being a thief. My husband text his dad about his upcoming college semester since his dad has always been the one to pay for his school. She thought it was me texting his dad asking for money. I’ve never stolen anything from her and I’ve definitely never stolen anything from anyone else. I don’t even ask my own parents for money.
He tries to tell me that I’m not being preyed on and that its just my schizophrenia, but the problem is… Is he right… am I just reading too far into things which is causing a situation to arise out of next to nothing… Or am I actually being preyed on?