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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Factitious Disorder (Overview)

Factitious disorder is a condition wherein individuals intentionally produces psychological and/or physical signs and symptoms to assume a "sick role" (eg "primary" gain). This in contrast to both 1. Malingering wherein individuals intentionally produces symptoms to receive secondary gain & 2. Somatoform disorders wherein symptoms are unconsciously manifested. In practice, there is often overlap.


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Do you know someone with factitious disorder who is just malingering?

Do you know someone with factitious disorder who is just malingering?

Malingering: Technically, malingering differs from factitious disorder because it involves conscious deception. Factitious disorder is unconscious. In malingering, the person is seeking external gains such as disability payments -- or wants to avoid unpleasant things like school, work, or military service. In factitious disorder, the person desires the role of patient -- to secure attention, love, or care. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Factitious Disorder (Overview)

Factitious disorder is a condition wherein individuals intentionally produces psychological and/or physical signs and symptoms to assume a "sick role" (eg "primary" gain). This in contrast to both 1. Malingering wherein individuals intentionally produces symptoms to receive secondary gain & 2. Somatoform disorders wherein symptoms are unconsciously manifested. In practice, there is often overlap.


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I had maxilary sinusitis since 2010. I cured it on April this year and I am still vulnerable to this disorder. Will I ever get rid of this? Thank you.

I had maxilary sinusitis since 2010. I cured it on April this year and I am still vulnerable to this disorder. Will I ever get rid of this? Thank you.

Chronic Sinusitis: If I'm understanding you correctly, you've had chronic maxillary sinusitis for 4 years which was finally resolved 4 months ago. You need to be managed by an ENT to see if you have an anatomic abnormality obstructing proper drainage of the OMC and require surgery or be tested for environmental allergies as cause of inflammation and obstruction. ...Read more

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What are factitious disorders?

What are factitious disorders?

Unconscious Faking: Factitious disorders are psychiatric conditions in which a person acts as if there is a true illness by deliberately producing, faking, or exaggerating symptoms. It is important to understand the motive of the patient which is usually get sympathy, nurturance, and attention. Munchausen syndrome, munchausen syndrome by proxy and ganser syndrome are examples of factitious disorders. ...Read more

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How are factitious disorders detected?

Infectious dis.: By laboratory tests through blood or urine or stool samples most often. ...Read more

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What are factitious disorders based on?

Factitious DO: Diagnosis is based on finding that the symptoms are feigned or made up, for secondary gain. ...Read more

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What is an example of factitious disorder?

What is an example of factitious disorder?

M√ľnchausen by proxy: Is a factitious disorder; it is the involuntary use of another individual to play the patient role. For example, false symptoms are produced in children by the caregivers or parents, to produce the appearance of illness, or they may give misleading medical histories about their children. Such parents enjoy the attention that they receive from having a sick child. It is a psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my wife has a factitious disorder?

Probably not: This diagnosis is difficult even for a professional. Factitious disorder is the intentional feigning of a disease or condition in order to assume the role of a patient. Consult with your wife's physician. He/she may be able to help you. ...Read more