7 Misconceptions About Psychology And Mental Disorders

Common things people get wrong when it comes to Psych 101.

1. 1. Psychopath and Psychotic are Different

Psychopathy is a personality disorder. Psychotic is a state of mind causing delusions, prominent hallucinations, disorganized speech, and disorganized or catatonic behavior. In other words it’s a trait that could be a symptom of many disorders.

2. 2. Having Schizophrenia Does Not Mean Having Multiple Personalities

Schizophrenia is the experience of seeing and hearing things outside of yourself. People with this disorder experience psychotic traits such a hallucinations and delusions. And speaking of multiple personalities…….

3. 3. It’s Actually Dissociative Identity Disorder

MPD has been replaced with D.I.D., and for it to be diagnosed there needs to be, “The presence of two or more distinct identities or personality traits (each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self).” -DSM-IV-TR. This in addition to to the “original” personality.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, Jim Carrey’s character in “Me, Myself and Irene” had Advanced Delusionary Schizophrenia with Involuntary Narcissistic Rage…and they got it wrong.

4. 4. Moodiness Does Not Equal Being Bipolar

Did you know there are several criteria for bipolar (including the number and length of “mood swings”)? Did you know that there are different types of bipolar?

Remember that next to you assume someone is bipolar cause they have a mood swing.

5. 5. Insane is Not in the DSM

Nor is it in any psychological/psychiatric journal. It is strictly a legal term. There are also different ways a person can plead insanity.

6. 6. Psychopath and Sociopath Were Removed From the DSM

The disorders most closely correlate with Anti-Social Personality disorder. Though, it is important to remember, critics have argues that the three are not synonymous.

7. 7. There is No Such Thing as ADD

At least not anymore. It’s all ADHD now (predominately inattentive type, predominately hyperactive-impulsive type, and combined type).

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