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What is the connection between schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder?

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Having multiple personalities is one of the biggest misunderstandings about schizophrenia. One poll found that 64% of Americans believe the condition involves a split personality, which means someone acts like they're two separate people. In actuality, a person with schizophrenia doesn't have two different personalities. Instead, they have false ideas or have lost touch with reality. Multiple personality disorder is unrelated.

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Harvey, P. Current Directions in Psychological Science, August 2010.

Keri, S. Psychological Science, September 2009.

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is schizophrenia?"

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America: "About Schizophrenia."

University of North Carolina: "Myths About Mental Illness."

University of Michigan Health System: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 27, 2020

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Harvey, P. Current Directions in Psychological Science, August 2010.

Keri, S. Psychological Science, September 2009.

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is schizophrenia?"

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America: "About Schizophrenia."

University of North Carolina: "Myths About Mental Illness."

University of Michigan Health System: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 27, 2020

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