#MentalHealth Myth Buster: Schizophrenics Have Multiple Personality Disorder?
Schizophrenia is one of the oldest mental illnesses known to mental health disorders. It’s also a disorder that takes on the look of several other traits of disorders at the same time. So much so that many people think it’s part of another mood disorder or oftentimes, a personality disorder.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people loosely use “schizophrenia” as a lay term for multiple personality disorder and assume they are one in the same. And because of the misunderstanding of these persistent mental illnesses I thought it would be helpful to share some of the myths between the two and set the record straight that schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder are two distinct disorders.
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1. People with schizophrenia suffer from multiple personality disorder.Absolutely not true! The two major components of schizophrenia are delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are fixed ideas or beliefs one has that are not based in reality.