Chapter 41. Factitious Disorder and Malingering

James C. Hamilton, Ph.D.; Marc D. Feldman, M.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585622986.260630



Factitious disorder and malingering are characterized by attempts to assume the sick role by exaggerating, lying about, simulating, aggravating, or inducing illness. Despite the lack of concrete evidence-based guidance on the care of patients with these behavior patterns, health professionals are nevertheless expected to protect and promote the patients' physical and psychological well-being. In this chapter we attempt to present advice on how to accomplish this goal.

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