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Is schizophrenia like multiple personalities?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not at all: Why?

Confusion about "schizophrenia" stems in part from the frequent informal use of the term to indicate a "split personality, " or multiple personality.
It is also often used to describe any coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements. As healthtap doctors have already indicated, these popular uses of the term are erroneous and not consistent with the actual mental disorder of schizophrenia.

In brief: Not at all: Why?

Confusion about "schizophrenia" stems in part from the frequent informal use of the term to indicate a "split personality, " or multiple personality.
It is also often used to describe any coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements. As healthtap doctors have already indicated, these popular uses of the term are erroneous and not consistent with the actual mental disorder of schizophrenia.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Schizophrenia

In brief: Schizophrenia

It is a thought disorder, not a personality disorder.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Complete difference

They are complete different disorders.

In brief: Complete difference

They are complete different disorders.
Dr. Momen El Nesr
Dr. Momen El Nesr
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

People sometimes think these are the same, but they're very different.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that is probably biological. It causes delusions (false bizarre beliefs), hallucinations (voices), & social withdrawal. Multiple personality, now called dissociative identity disorder (did), usually comes from severe childhood abuse, & does not have delusions or hallucinations.

In brief: No

People sometimes think these are the same, but they're very different.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that is probably biological. It causes delusions (false bizarre beliefs), hallucinations (voices), & social withdrawal. Multiple personality, now called dissociative identity disorder (did), usually comes from severe childhood abuse, & does not have delusions or hallucinations.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

No similarities!

In brief: No

No similarities!
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: SCZ vs DID or MPD

Schizophrenia (SCZ) & dissociative identity disorder (DID) are two completely different conditions.
Even though SCZ means split mind-that really isn't what it is. SCZ is a brain disease affecting 1% of the population characterized by psychosis which means hallucinations and/ or delusions. DiD used to be called multiple personality disorder and some Psychiatrist even doubt its' existence.

In brief: SCZ vs DID or MPD

Schizophrenia (SCZ) & dissociative identity disorder (DID) are two completely different conditions.
Even though SCZ means split mind-that really isn't what it is. SCZ is a brain disease affecting 1% of the population characterized by psychosis which means hallucinations and/ or delusions. DiD used to be called multiple personality disorder and some Psychiatrist even doubt its' existence.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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