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Does schizophrenia mean split personalities? I heard that in the old movies?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Schizophrenia is a thought disorder that has nothing to do with a split personality.

In brief: No
Schizophrenia is a thought disorder that has nothing to do with a split personality.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Actually
Split personalities has no meaning for a psychiatrist these days.

In brief: Actually
Split personalities has no meaning for a psychiatrist these days.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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