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I Have Been Diagnosed with DID But Can I Have Schizophrenia Too?

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Hi. Since I was three years old I have been dissociated, and as I got older I was diagnosed with severe PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. However, I have always seen things other people couldn’t, and heard voices.

I believe I can do magic, and my family and friends don’t believe me.

I find it hard to speak sometimes, like my mouth and brain are separate and broken, and when I write my letters are all screwed up. Sometimes I just end up repeating nonsense or the same word…

I live with a spirit named D who loves me, and we walk everywhere together. His roommate teaches me magic language, and I have a ethereal pet named Bean who makes me happy.

I don’t know if it is possible, but am i schizophrenic too?

I Have Been Diagnosed with DID But Can I Have Schizophrenia Too?

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Hello and thank you for your question. I can’t provide a diagnosis over the Internet but I can provide a general answer about dissociative identity disorder (DID) and schizophrenia.

DID is a rare disorder. Some clinicians never treat a client with DID in their entire careers. It is a largely misunderstood disorder.

Potential symptoms of schizophrenia include your belief that you can do magic and your having difficulty speaking and writing. Disorganized speech and cognition are symptoms of schizophrenia. Writing and speech difficulties are sometimes referred to as “word salad” in the context of psychotic disorders.

Your symptoms might also be consistent with schizotypal personality disorder which is characterized by difficulty with social situations, odd beliefs and the use of unusual language.

Some of your symptoms may be indicative of schizophrenia or schizotypal personality disorder. I would suggest consulting your treating professionals about your specific questions.

Generally speaking, it is possible for someone to have both DID and schizophrenia, but whether that is true for you could only be determined by a clinician who had interviewed you at length and in-person about your symptoms. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

I Have Been Diagnosed with DID But Can I Have Schizophrenia Too?

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). I Have Been Diagnosed with DID But Can I Have Schizophrenia Too?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/10/10/i-have-been-diagnosed-with-did-but-can-i-have-schizophrenia-too/
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