I have been with my partner for about a year now, we are not married. In the past 8 months I have felt that my partner does not respect when I say no to certain things. We are both in university, I live off-campus and my partner lives on campus.
I have a history of mental illness and suicide attempts, that is a norm for me. I do have other friends who are concerned about me but they do not go to such EXTREMES unlike my partner. I enjoy being alone at times because having someone around sometimes sends me off the rails. I often tell my partner I would like to go home tonight. They refuse to acknowledge that. I firmly say I prefer being alone tonight as I need to do so much work. Instead of listening to me, they follow me home. While I am still working, they are watching a movie or doing something else and then demand that we go to sleep now. They also tell me what position I should sleep in and I often wake up in the middle on the night angry. It is not a peaceful sleep.
Once I missed the last bus at 12 am and have no problem walking home. They are afraid of the dark and I was walking fast. They kept screaming and crying that I stop walking so fast and since it was winter, they slipped and fell, I felt sorry for them and held their hand and walked them back to my place. Another time I was home and I heard someone knocking on my door, I got a message from my partner to let them in. I was filled with rage, they sat outside in the dark knocking ferociously and yelling that I open the door. My landlady lives above me and she was pretty angry. I had no choice but to let my partner in.
Also, they sometimes plead that I stay over because they can't sleep at night alone. Last semester they had a single room on campus and couldn't sleep. I used to stay over a lot to help them out. This semester they have a roommate but still say they can't sleep at night. I don't like staying on campus, that's why I moved off campus. When they finally decide to stay alone, they keep calling me at night and say I video call them until they fall asleep.
They have also checked my phone and stole my parent's numbers and my friend's numbers. They threaten to contact my parents whenever I do something against their wishes. They have also checked my emails and read a recent rejection letter I received. They inquired if I thought it was their fault and I knew I had not told them. I was really angry and felt so betrayed.
I once blocked them online from all my social media etc, because I was starting to get annoyed. They ordered my friends to come to my house and check on me. Thank God my friends refused and told them they were out of line. My partner refused to listen.
They keep saying this is out of love and for my safety but, it's just making me feel more and more resentful. I don't want to break up with them because I don't want to feel lonely by being single.
How can I tell my partner that I need some space and that my privacy and demands should be respected?