Chris and Bridget were a perfect match. He was a 3D modeler for video games and she was a digital music composer. He’d been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teen, but when the two first met his condition had been well-controlled with medication. Bridget fell deeply in love with Chris, who was creative, spiritual and intense. Six months later, the two were married.
Chris was doing so well in life that he began to think his schizophrenia had gone away; perhaps love had cured him. Eventually, he stopped taking his medications. His personality and behavior started to change.
He’d always been fascinated with psychics, mediums, and fortune telling. But now he began telling Bridget that he’d seen an evil spirit following her and had even heard it growling and whispering threats only he could hear. He acted strangely at work, telling coworkers he could see their futures and that they were all going to die. Frightened by his bizarre behavior, Bridget convinced Chris to get in the car and she drove him to a residential treatment facility.
Shakespeare wrote, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” This is twice as true if your spouse is schizophrenic. But their diagnosis does not have to spell the end of your relationship. There is hope, and help, available to you and your significant other if you know when, and where, to look.