6 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Schizophrenia

There is no shortage of schizophrenia myths and misconceptions. What’s fact, what’s fiction, and how can you help erase the stigma around schizophrenia?

Split personality. Violent behavior. Never being able to hold onto a job or have a career. Myths abound about schizophrenia, a serious and complex mental disorder currently affecting about 0.3% of American adults.1

Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia do not present with a split personality, nor is it common for someone with the disorder to be violent, says Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. And many individuals with schizophrenia are able to work.

Here, experts dispel some of the more common myths about schizophrenia.

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