Factitious Disorder

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Factitious Disorder


Factitious Disorder by ProxyPeople with this disorder produce or fabricate symptoms of illness in another person under their care. Most often occurs in mothers (sometimes fathers) who intentionally harm their children in order to receive attention.

- Dramatic but inconsistent medical history.- Unclear symptoms that are not controllable and that become more severe or change once treatment has begun.- Presence of symptoms only when the patient is with others or being observed.- Willingness or eagerness to have medical tests, operations, or other procedures.- History of seeking treatment at many hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices. (Possibly even in different cities)- Reluctance by the patient to allow health care professionals to meet with or talk to family members, friends, and prior doctors.

- The motivation for the behavior is to assume the sick role.

- External incentives for the behavior are absent.

Unknown Cause- Theories: 1) History of abuse or neglect2) History of frequent illness3) Possible bilogical and psychological factors

-Intentional production or feigning of physical or psychological signs or symptoms.

Factitious Disorder

Common?- No reliable statistics regarding people in U.S. who suffer from Factitious Disorder- More common in women


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