IN my last article, I made the claim that Jekyll and Hyde syndrome is not DID, and it is not schizophrenia. I asked if it could be misconstrued as manic-depressive psychosis or bipolar disorder? It’s an interesting thought. Modern symptoms seem to fit well a diagnosis of split personality disorder, and it is often assumed that given the knowledge of mental health and the emerging diagnoses of the time, it is the most appropriate. The symptomology certainly seems descriptive of Jung’s persona and shadow – or Freud’s id and ego, but what if… what if Dr. Jekyll’s ailment could better be described within another framework – a depressive framework?
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