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What is the difference between schizophrenia and multiple personalities?

What is the difference between schizophrenia and multiple personalities?

It is complex: Multiple personality is when -usually due to severe trauma, different parts of the personality actually become separate. Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder where a person has biologically based chemical imbalances where they are paying attention to internally generated stimuli, hearing or seeing things not experienced by others, or having fixed false beliefs they may act on. Treatments differ. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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What is the difference between schizophrenia voices and hallucinations?

What is the difference between schizophrenia voices and hallucinations?

Hallucinations: Although any type of hallucination is possible in schizophrenia, especially auditory or bizarre ones, the majority of other types are related to organic causes such as illicit drugs or medical illness affecting the brain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizophrenia and a severe depression with psychotic features?

What is the difference between schizophrenia and a severe depression with psychotic features?

Psychosis: Is the common symptom, but the causes and the progression are very different. Depression with psychosis can resolve and may never recur, but schizophrenia is a chronic illness. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schizophrenia types?

What's the difference between schizophrenia types?

Types: There are 5 subtypes of schizophrenia that are based on the symptoms of the most recent episode. So paranoid type would involve an episode in which delusions or auditory hallucinations were prominent whereas the catatonic type would involve specific motor symptoms or extreme negativism. The types are paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated and residual. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between negative and positive symptoms of schizophrenia?

I want to know what is the difference between negative and positive symptoms of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia's: Positive symptoms are delusions, hallucinations, & disordered thoughts & speech. Negative symptoms are flat or blunted emotions, poverty of speech, inability to experience pleasure, lack of desire to form relationships, and lack of motivation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between paranoid and undifferenciated schizophrenia?

What is the difference between paranoid and undifferenciated schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: manifests in disjointed thinking, often including auditory or visual hallucinations. Paranoid schizophrenia includes thoughts and feelings of persecution or being spied on. Undifferentiated schizophrenia is a broader diagnosis, w/out specifics such as paranoid, affective/emotional, catatonic, etc. Peace and good health. Schizophrenia, unlike the movies, is NOT multiple personality disorder. ...Read more