Essay on Understanding The Difference Between Mental Disorders

763 Words Nov 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Talking to Yourself

Understanding the difference between mental disorders, especially the particular ones that exhibit similar symptoms, can be difficult if not even more so necessary. A lot of people often try to self diagnose themselves, for example, by labeling common emotions like mood swings as a manic depression. This can lead to someone thinking there is much more wrong with them than there actually is, making things worse by worrying or attempting to buy unnecessary medication. With this in mind, people should know the contrasts between mental illnesses that seem more similar than they actually are. Further severe disorders like schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders are two of the most complicated mental conditions to distinguishing between, and can have worse consequences if misapprehended or determined without asking a doctor for help.
Schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder vary in who they affect. People who have a history of schizophrenia in their family are most at risk due to the disorder being linked to an imbalance in brain chemicals. Those who do have the illness are born with it, however symptoms don’t commonly show up until 17 to 45 years old. The disorder is known to show its signs in males first, but both males and females have the same chance of getting the condition if it 's genetic. Since multiple personality disorder isn’t diagnosed or linked to psychosis, this is a disorder that can potentially happen to anyone if put under…

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