Munchausen Syndrome

4 Warning Signs of Illness Falsification

October 13, 2016

Medical, psychiatric, and/or developmental disorders can be falsified in a variety of ways. Know the warning signs often missed by clinicians.

Challenges in Assessing and Managing Malingering, Factitious Disorder, and Related Somatic Disorders

October 30, 2015

Reporting of symptoms that are beyond available medical evidence is a central feature of malingering and related conditions, making the clinical differentiation of these disorders a challenge.

Mini-quiz: Munchausen Syndrome

August 29, 2014

What do you include in your differential diagnosis if you suspect Munchausen syndrome? Take the quiz and learn more.

Munchausen by Proxy and Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another

August 28, 2014

Why do you need to know about Munchausen by Proxy? Answers here.

Experts Discuss Changes, Updates in DSM-5

May 22, 2013

A panel of experts at the APA Annual Meeting discussed how changes in DSM-5 may affect clinical practice. Highlights here.

Can You Offer an Example of Medical Deception?

August 20, 2012

The primary difference between malingering and factitious disorder is the question of motivation.

Managing Suicide Risk in Borderline Personality Disorder

May 02, 2012

Staying empathic and keeping the conflict within the patient instead of between the patient and health care provider, is a key to successful management.

Quiz on Vicarious Trauma, Working With Other Physicians, and More

January 18, 2011

Should malingering be considered more likely than factitious disorder when a patient exhibits pseudologia fantastica? What condition persists for longer than 3 months, accompanies a disease process, and is associated with a bodily injury that has not resolved over time? These questions and more in this interactive quiz.

Psychiatry and Chronic Pain

December 16, 2010

Although acute pain typically resolves on its own with little need for intervention, for some persons pain persists past the point where it is considered an adaptive reaction to injury.

Watch Out for “Loud” Symptoms

December 02, 2010

The doctor’s role is to go beyond the obvious and to detect subtle determinants. Good diagnosticians have been trained to look beneath the loud symptom and consider underlying factors.