Feigned psychosis - a case of factitious disorder

Peter Buckley, Aisling Campbell

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A number of psychiatric syndromes are characterised by the conscious or unconscious production of factitious symptoms. These include Munchausen Syndrome,1,2,3 the Ganser Syndrome4 and malingering. Here we describe a patient who rapidly changed her symptomatology according to material from her environment. Her presentation does not meet criteria for any of the above syndromes, but is best described as a factitious disorder (DSM-III-R).5 This case provides a framework for discussion of the validity of this concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-49
Number of pages2
JournalIrish Journal of Psychological Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1991


  • Feigned psychosis
  • factitious disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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