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Factitious syndromes

Factitious syndromes: Introduction

Factitious disorders refer to any medical condition whereby a person feigns symptoms or otherwise fakes their illness in order to get some benefit. In factitious disorders, the person seeks attention or wants to be in the role of the patient. In cases where symptoms are feigned to get an economic benefit (e.g. insurance fraud, getting paid time off work, etc.), the disorder is more correctly called malingering. Somatoform disorders or psychosomatic symptoms are also different from factitious syndromes, because in these cases the person is not aware that their mind is causing the symptoms and is not conciously doing so with intent. Also different is hypochondriasis because the person does not want to be ill. One well-known name for factitious disorders is Munchhausen's syndrome, and particularly well-publicized is the very rare Munchhausen's syndrome by proxy where a mother intentionally makes her child sick in order to get attention. ...more »

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Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure more »

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A factitious disorder characterized by habitual presentation for hospital treatment of an apparent acute illness, the patient giving a plausible and dramatic history, all of which is false. - (Source - Diseases Database)

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  1. Factitious syndromes: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Deaths
  9. Complications

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