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I have been in a relationship for 2 years with a 35 yr. old paranoid schizophrenic. He is on medication (Seroquel), which he, thankfully, consistently takes. My problem is: What do I need to know about how this disease affects sexuality. It is not a matter of medicine side effects or lack of desire, it is a matter of he seems only interested in penetration. No kissing, no stimulation of me, no "connecting" with me. It's almost like he is worried I am taking something from him sexually by expecting MUTUALLY satisfying relations. There is no passion in my life, and add all the other ways life is difficult living with some one like this, I'm wondering how worth it is it? When I try to talk to him about this he just says "Don't worry baby, I love you." I am really starting to get frustrated! Any advice would be great. Thank you, Lib.
You'll have to add everything up plus that undefinable in-love factor and decide for yourself if the relationship is still worth it for you. My own experience with schizophrenia is that I let a former partner get away with pretty much everything based on his illness... and that included being horrible in bed and expecting certain things that he wasn't willing to reciprocate. Unless your partner has some kind of physical inability from his meds, then I think you should treat this as a guy problem and not a schizophrenia problem. And from reading responses on this board, it does seem that people with schizophrenia CAN be loving partners, so don't let the disease be an excuse.

Please don't let pity or a sense of responbility hold you in a passionless relationship with a partner who does not respect you or love you enough to listen to your wishes and respond.

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