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Factitious Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Factitious Disorder Treatments are Available?

The first goal in treating factitious disorder is to modify the affected person’s behavior and help reduce the misuse of medical resources. With factitious disorder by proxy the goal is to ensure the safety of the potential victim of the person with factitious disorder. The aim of treatment is to help resolve the underlying psychological causes of the disorder and to find solutions to their housing and social needs. 9

Psychotherapy

This is the treatment of choice for factitious disorder, which is a form of counseling that focuses in helping the person change their distorted thinking patterns and behavior related to their disorder. This may also include family therapy where the family members of the affected person are taught how to deal with the condition by not rewarding or reinforcing the behavior of the person with factitious disorder.

Medications

There has been no established evidence that medicines cure factitious disorder. Medicines on the other hand are used to treat the other related disorders that are associated with the disorder. Depression and anxiety are common among individuals with factitious disorder and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are commonly used to treat these conditions. Antipsychotic drugs are also prescribed to help treat mood disorders present with the factitious disorder.

Psychiatric Care

There are important things needed to be monitored in the treatment of factitious disorders to prevent complications to arise from the induced illness.

  • Evaluate the patient carefully and assess for other comorbid illnesses that might encourage and exacerbate the condition. The removal and treatment of comorbid conditions always help in the improvement of the person’s factitious behavior.
  • Be consistent with the psychotherapy treatment as it helps contain the symptoms of factitious disorder.
  • The pharmacological treatment must be monitored carefully to prevent the patient from perpetuating self-destructive behavior.

Could You Have Factitious Disorder?

Factitious Disorder Topics

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