Few mental disorders are as misunderstood as schizophrenia. When we turn on the television, we’re saturated with images of unpredictable “psychotic” villains. The word “schizo” is an insult that might be heard in a high school hallway. People with schizophrenia are often discriminated against, in part because most of the public doesn’t understand what schizophrenia really is.
Here are seven commonly held myths about schizophrenia and the facts that prove them wrong.
1. People with schizophrenia have multiple personalities.
Many individuals incorrectly believe that people with schizophrenia have multiple personalities. In fact, a 2008 survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that a startling 64 percent of the population couldn’t recognize the symptoms associated with schizophrenia and instead thought that the disorder caused people to experience “split” or multiple personalities.
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