To my ex boyfriend

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Please stop telling people that I broke up with you because you have schizophrenia. I broke up with you because you treated me like garbage. I know that your life is hard, but that does not give you an excuse to refer to me as c**t or b**ch. I know that you have trouble managing your finances when you get so little from welfare, but I have a hard time being sympathetic when you spend your money on booze, smokes, and tattoos, then expect me to pay your rent. I know that your motivation for work and chores is low, but I don't want to be treated like your personal chef, maid, or shopper. Telling me that you can't wash your own underwear because of your illness sounds like a cop out to me, especially when you're dashing out the door to go play pool with your friends as you say this. I want a relationship with someone who treats me with respect, and you just weren't doing this. I knew you had schizophrenia early in our relationship, this never bothered me. People with schizophrenia are not lazy, stupid or mean as part of their illness. The more time we spent together, the more I realized that you were all three - innate personality or character flaws, not from symptoms. Taking advantage of my finances, treating me like a personal servant, your rudeness towards me, and your ongoing neglect of your own grown-up responsibilities are why I needed to end this. I would date someone else with a mental illness, I have a few friends who struggle with this and none of them treat other people like you treated me. I didn't break up with your schizophrenia, I broke up with you. —It's not me, it's you

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