Factitious Disorder

Factitious disorder is a serious mental disorder in which someone deceives others by appearing sick, by purposely getting sick or by self-injury. Factitious disorder also can happen when family members or caregivers falsely present others, such as children, as being ill, injured or impaired.


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Wiki Number: W081
Diagnosis: Factitious Disorder (Munchausen Syndrome for self) and (Munchausen symptome by proxy for another)
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Symptoms: person wanting a hospital stay pretends or exaggerates an illness even by contaminating samples, absesses,
Progression: Can become periodically or chronic as people age.
Causes: not malicious, but subconsciously wanting the attention they or another sick person got while hospitalized
Medications: SSRIs for mood stabilizers or antipsychotics

Youtube Video: Dirty Dozen on Factitious Disorder and Malingering

Amazon or Library Book: Factitious Disorders

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The world-wide medical research
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  • Rare Mental Health Disorders Affecting Urologic Care: A Comprehensive Review
    by Abrahim N Razzak on January 11, 2023

    Management of mental health illnesses and needs are important in fostering psychosocial support, interprofessional coordination, and greater adherence to treatment protocols in the field of urology. This can be especially true for mental health conditions that may greatly impact the presentation of a patient in the healthcare setting with urologic symptoms. This review describes the history, epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and treatment of somatic symptom disorder, illness...

  • Unique ulcerative undefined autoinflammatory disease mistaken for factitious disorder
    by Nicolas Tcheurekdjian on December 31, 2022

    No abstract

  • Functional coma: case report and systematic review
    by L Vandermeulen on December 30, 2022

    We describe a case of a patient with a functional coma ,and give a systemic review of literature. Functional coma is an extremely rare disorder with only 21 described cases in the literature. The disease is linked to a conversion disorder or a dissociative disorder and is predominantly found in females. Predisposing factors are a history of sexual or physical abuse, psychiatric disorders, previous episodes of functional coma, and recent surgery with general anesthesia. Several clinical signs are...

  • Functional (Psychogenic) Movement Disorder Focusing on Involuntary Movements: A Review
    by Tomoya Kawazoe on December 27, 2022

    Functional neurological disorders differ from malingering/factitious disorders and are diagnosed based solely on careful history taking and neurological evaluation. Some clinical characteristics, including distractibility, entrainability, and variability are important to identify the positive physical signs that indicate functional alterations. Thorough investigations are not essential to exclude organic pathologies, whereas electrophysiological and radiological findings are sometimes useful....