Factitious Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Factishus Disorder Research, Munchausen Syndrome Research, Somatoform Disorder Research, Factitious Research, Malingering Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Factitious Disorder Related Research


A retrospective study was conducted on the prevalence of factitious disorder in children by a group of researchers. Factitious disorder usually manifests at an early age but the epidemiological data on its occurrence in the pediatric population remains to be lacking. A group of researchers conducted their study through a retrospective survey on patients who were referred on a consultation liaison service (CLS) and those treated in a tertiary care child health center. The outcome of their study showed that there is 0.7% prevalence of pediatric factitious disorder in children referred to CLS and only 0.3% in child health center. The researchers concluded that the prevalence of pediatric factitious disorder in CLS is similar with those studies made in adults with several shared characteristic on the clinical manifestation of the disorder. 10

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Related Conditions

Adjustment Disorder – psychological response to identified stressors, anxiousness, depression, stress disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder – distorted behavior, self image and personality, mood disorder, dissociation
Dissociative Identity Disorder – multiple distinct personalities/identities, alter egos, memory loss, depression, de-realization, amnesia, phobias, anxiety
Dysthymic Disorder – chronic mood disorder, anxiety, depression, drug addiction, alcoholism
Malingering – fabricated symptoms for possible external gains, exaggerated symptoms, feigning symptoms of an illness
Munchausen Syndrome – feigning of symptoms and illnesses, malingering to draw sympathy from others
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – self centered, attention seeking, ego, self loved, conceit