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Schizophrenia masquerading as Dissociative Identity Disorder

Author(s): Jegan Yogaratnam | Rajesh Jacob

Journal: Journal of Case Reports
ISSN 2231-6809

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 12;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Dissociative identity disorder | Schizophrenia

Dissociative symptoms can dominate the clinical picture in many psychiatric conditions and possess a huge challenge to the clinicians in management. We present a case report of a female with a strong family history of schizophrenia who initially presented with features suggestive of dissociative identity disorder, which is itself a rare clinical entity, was later diagnosed to have schizophrenia. Authors would like to emphasise that clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for schizophrenia when a patient with a strong genetic loading for schizophrenia presents with dissociative symptoms as early treatment enhances the prognosis.
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