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    Diagnoses in medicine involving deception are some of the most difficult phenomenon’s to detect: factitious disorder, malingering, Munchausen syndrome, and Munchausen by proxy. As a starting point for diagnosis and treatment, doctors rely on reported symptoms in order to accurately detect the problems with the patients. When patients give misleading information, consciously or unconsciously, doctors and physicians are unable to accurately diagnose the patient (Dyer & Feldman, 2007). This phenomenon is commonly known as factitious disorder, which the “DSM-IV offers two inclusion criteria: physical symptoms are intentionally produced, and the patient’s motivation is to assume the patient role” (Krahn, Li, & O’Connor, 2003). Factitious disorders…

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    Factitious Disorder (MSBP)

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    When a mother’s love for her child goes wrong on a whole other level can be very traumatizing to those mothers out there who are very attached to their child. This disorder is called Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, also known as Factitious Disorder or MSP, or MSBP for short. It is a Psychiatric Disorder. What it is? Is a disorder that is most common in mothers. It is also known as a child abuse disorder where the mother will make her child very ill to create attention and sympathy from health care…

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    Lying, with the end goal of receiving medical attention and sympathy, is not a new concept. Although it was not until the mid-1800s that Factitious disorder was officially recognized, evidence shows instances of Malingering dating back as far as the Roman times; from Odysseus in the Trojan War, to the physician Galen (Rogers 19). Munchausen Syndrome was first described by Asher in 1951, with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy first being in diagnosed in 1977 (Feldman 1). More recently, in the last…

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    Factitious Disorders: Portrayed on Film The media portrays characters with psychological illness differently than a psychiatrist or psychologist. Movies are made to be sold and thus, characters with mental illness have a negative stereotype or more negative. They are not depicted, correctly. Almost having identical tittles, The Good Mother and The Glass House: The Good Mother are separate movies. The characters are portrayed having Factitious Disorder. The diagnostic and Statistical of Manual…

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    Hospital Hopper Münchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder in which a person produces or lies about physical symptoms for sympathy and attention (Prakash, Das, Srivastava, Patra, Khan, & Shashikumar, 2014, para 1). There is another form of this disorder called Münchausen by proxy where the person will lie and produce symptoms in another who is under their care, such as a dog, an elderly person, or a child (Münchausen syndrome by proxy, 2013, para 4). They may go as far as to cause harm to…

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    Palsy In Psychology

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    There is a long list, I believe of psychological disorders. Some psychological disorders are also, considered mental disorders. We will take a look at factitious disorder, conversion disorder, somatic symptom disorder, and some traditional psychological disorders. Furthermore, I feel that some people just think that they have something wrong with them and run to a medical doctor, or another health care professional just to run up expensive bills, which whatever the person got diagnosed with…

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    Malingering Case

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    Malingering is related in some ways to somatoform disorders and factitious disorders. However, there are also distinct differences. A patient with a factitious disorder like Munchausen’s, does not pretend to be sick in order to get drugs, money or disability. They lie, exaggerate and actually make themselves genuinely ill in order to be a patient. According to (Conroy, 2006) a person who is malingering is behaving intentionally, which means it is done with conscious awareness. Therefore,…

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    The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) (2013) proposes nine differential diagnoses to consider when considering dissociative amnesia as a diagnosis: dissociative identity disorder (DID), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), neurocognitive disorders, substance-related disorders, posttraumatic amnesia due to brain injury, seizure disorder, catatonic stupor, factitious disorder and malingering, and normal and age-related changes in memory. A diagnosis of DID can be ruled…

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    Sleepwalking Trial

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    something we often hear;There are few known cases where parasomnia is used as a criminal defense. I am going to give you the background and a bit of information on sleep disorders and why they should not be used in criminal cases as a defense and why certain disorders are so dangerous. Parasomnia and paraphilic disorders are relatively new studies in Washington state and around the country. Parasomnia is a classification of sleep disorders including but not limited to arousal disorder and other…

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    BIID, Bodily Integrity Identity Disorder, formally known as, apotemnophilia (love of amputation), is “a psychologically based condition in which an individual has a fantasy of having a missing limb”("Apotemnophilia ", 2016). In patients diagnosed with BIID who do not receive the surgery they need, the desire to have an amputation is so overbearing that they will go to extreme lengths to conduct the operation themselves. Patients have been known to “pour drain cleaner into her [their]…

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