Updated 13 August 2008

Schizophrenia: your questions

Wonder whether you have your facts right about schizophrenia? We invited to experts to answer your questions.


One of the most misused psychiatric terms is the word "schizophrenia". Referring to schizophrenia as a "split personality" is just one of the many misconceptions people have regarding this illness which affects 1% of South Africans.

We gave Health24 users the opportunity to post questions to Dr Henk Temmingh, a specialist in psychosis-related disorders at Valkenburg Hospital. Cape Support for Mental Health, a support group for family members and caregivers of people with schizophrenia, also participated.

Here are some of the interesting questions users asked:

Is schizophrenia a split personality?

How is a diagnosis made?

What are the causes?

Is it true that Ritalin can cause schizophrenia?

Is it possible to recover from schizophrenia?

Meds: Are you allowed to drive?

What is the difference between twasa and schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia or just normal teen rebellious behaviour?

Should I be worried about my friend?

Dr Henk Temmingh, senior lecturer and specialist at Valkenburg Hospital's Acute Admissions Unit, was one of our guest experts. He mostly deals with psychosis-related disorders and has an interest in dual diagnosis and the epidemiology of psychosis.

For more information on schizophrenia, click here
For information on psychosis, click here

Useful contact numbers:
Cape Support for Mental Health (021) 671 1573
Mental Health Information Centre (021) 938 9229

(Health24, August 2008, updated July 2012)


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