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does schizophrenia mean split personalities? i heard that in the old movies?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
35 years experience Psychiatry
Actually: Split personalities has no meaning for a psychiatrist these days.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Douglas Bey
56 years experience Psychiatry
No: Schizophrenia is a thought disorder that has nothing to do with a split personality.
Answered on Oct 22, 2015
Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Not like in oldmovies: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common.
Answered on Oct 22, 2015

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