Myth

People with schizophrenia have only ONE personality. The word 'schizophrenia' comes from the Greek word meaning schizein’ (to split) and ‘phren’ (mind, soul) 'split mind' and this is perhaps where confusion and the myth started.

People with ‘split’ or multiple personalities have a different condition, called Dissociative Identity Disorder. The label of schizophrenia was first introduced into the medical lexicon by the Swiss psychiatrist, Dr Eugen Bleuler in 1911.

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