Friday, January 27, 2012

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Difference between factitious disorder and malingering

Persons with factitious disorder fake illness. They simulate, induce, or aggravate illness. They also often inflict painful and even life-threatening injury on themselves or those under their care.

Unlike malingerers who have material goals, such as monetary gain or avoidance of duties, patients with factitious disorder bear the sufferings primarily to gain the emotional care and attention that comes with playing the role of the patient. The disorders have a compulsive quality, but the behaviors are considered voluntary in that they are deliberate and purposeful, even if they cannot be controlled.