Do you think schizophrenia is the same as having a split personality?

@Mickie30 (2633)
December 13, 2006 11:33am CST
Do you think schizophrenia is the same as having a split personality?
8 responses
@ndraj_2006 (1422)
• India
13 Dec 06
It is Litle Similar to that, But, not exactly Split Personality. I have Put the symptoms & causes and positive symptoms. Pls have look at it. If you need more detail than this you check the Link Below at the end of this message. Causes and symptoms The cause of schizophrenia is unknown. Some patients display specific physical abnormalities in the brain that are associated with the disease. These include atrophy or degeneration in some brain areas and enlargement of fluid-filled cavities called ventricles. Schizophrenics also have abnormalities in chemical neurotransmitters the brain normally uses to communicate information, specifically the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin and their receptors. The imbalance in the activity of these communication components is complex, with overactivity in some parts of the brain and decreased activity in others responsible for different symptoms. The symptoms of schizophrenia are divided into three types: the positive, negative, and disorganized symptoms. Positive symptoms Positive symptoms reflect the presence of distinctive behaviors. There are many different positive symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenic patients may experience strange or paranoid delusions that are out of touch with reality such as the belief that others are persecuting them, or that others are controlling their minds. Schizophrenic patients may have disturbing or frightening hallucinations. The most common hallucinations are auditory, but may also be visual. Other positive symptoms include sensitivity and fearful reaction to ordinary sights, sounds, or smells, along with agitation, tension, and the inability to sleep (insomnia). http://www.answers.com/schizophrenia?gwp=11&ver=2.0.0.453&method=3
@Mickie30 (2633)
13 Dec 06
Schizophrenia is an illness where people have delusions and hallucinations. Some people with schizophrenia have paranoia as well. Thanks for your thoughtful response you have answered well. I was trying to let people think about how schizophrenia is not a split personality but, many people have the wrong viewpoint that it is.
• India
13 Dec 06
Thanks for your comment
@Opalrose (46)
• Australia
17 May 07
Schizophrenia has nothing to do with having a split personality. The brain simply produces too much Dopamine, which causes a wide range of symptoms. These include paranoia, auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, lack of motivation, apathy and a strong feeling of detachment from society and the feeling of not fitting in.
@Mickie30 (2633)
17 May 07
It is nice to meet someone who understands what it is it does my head in when people make jokes about a person with schizophrenia having a split personality.
@KrauseHome (35037)
• United States
18 Apr 07
No, personally to me, from my Experience these are totally different from one another. Some may tend to think that these 2 are one in the same, but I have a Step-Aunt who suffers from MPD, and then have dated in my past people who were Schizophenic. The main difference is people who have Split personalities a lot of the time know who they are, and can remember where they are, or have been and people who are Schizophenic do not remember most of what they are doing, who they are, you are, etc. unless on a Decent medication and taking it daily. I feel a lot of them are Dangerous that have Schizophenia if they are not on their meds, as I have seen some do some Odd things that looked a little Dangerous to me.
@Mickie30 (2633)
18 Apr 07
I do not think people who are schizophrenic are dangerous I have the condition and even when I was not on my meds I was not dangerous. I think it is the person who is dangerous and not the condition. If a person is bad and not nice then having the condition will make them worse. True with schizophrenia you do not remember anything, but you are the same person and if you are a nice person in the first place you will not have the desire to do bad things.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I saw your other post and how you were trying to get people to think on it. I know some that think they are the same or confuse the two. They are very different problems although they can have some similar symptoms. With both though you really do need a proffessional to evaluate the person. That way they can get the help they need.
@Mickie30 (2633)
13 Dec 06
Thanks my friend yes thats right. Both do need professional help.
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• United States
15 Apr 09
schizophrenia means split mind in reference to the break or split away from reality. Multiple Personality Disorder is manifested as seemingly "multiple people" within the same body. HUGE DIFFERENCE.
@LadyLeene (584)
• United States
23 Feb 07
No, I don't. They are completely different psychiatric diagnoses.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Unfortunately, the media perpetuates this notion. The root "schizo" was choosen to denote a split from reality. Schizophrenia, as a disease entity, has little to do with personality. http://www.psychiatryforpatientsandfamilies.com
@hac707 (162)
• Pakistan
16 Dec 06
No Schizophrenia is not the same as having a split personality. These are two totally different disorders. As far as I know in split personality disorder there remains emotions where as the patients suffering from Schizophrenia are almost emotionless.