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.

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What is an example of factitious disorder?

Münchausen 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...