Our expert says:
NLM< I understand and respect your grief and frustration. Apart from normal jealousy, which we can all feel at times, there is a fully recognized problem called Pathologigcal Jealousy which arises where someone for reasons internal to themselves, feels excessively jealous and suspicious whether or not there is any possible basis for such feelings. It can respond to treatment from a shrink, but then we run into the old paradox --- with a condition like this where other people often suffer from it far more than the person who actually has the condition, it can be hard to convince them that they have a disorder needing treatment. Sometimes one can sort out these issues in proper skilled marriage counselling, too. But again --- it needs the person afflicted to recognize that they need help and to sincerely participate in getting such expert help. On the whole, people like this are their own worst enemy and they do not change, especially because they see no need to change.
In the end one often does have to face the fact that the situation may be impossible to relieve, and to depart and look after your own life and happiness.
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