(Also Known As: Fabricated Mental Illness Statistics, Faked Mental Illness Statistics, Munchausen Syndrome Statistics, Factitious Disorder Statistics)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
Statistics on Malingering
About 0.001% of hospital consultations were for feigning of psychological and physical symptoms or disability. 12
The total cost on claims for health insurance fraud in the United States was more than $59 billion in 1995 including the untruthful claims by medical personnel and patients.
About 86% of hospital consultation for feigning a disability or symptom required admission in England,
Malingering may be present in 1.25 – 10.4% of chronic pain patients.
It has been estimated that malingering occurs in 7.5% - 33% of disability claims.
Could You Have Malingering?
|Antisocial Personality Disorder – conduct disorder, sociopaths, psychopaths, deceitful, manipulative, behavior disorder|
|Factitious Disorder – feigning symptoms, exaggerates physical and psychological condition, |
|Hypochondriasis – fear of having serious disease, misinterpretation of body symptoms|
|Munchausen Syndrome – chronic factitious disorder, faking/feigning of psychological and mental illness, severe|