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Malingering Causes

(Also Known As: Fabricated Mental Illness Causes, Faked Mental Illness Causes, Munchausen Syndrome Causes, Factitious Disorder Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Malingering?

Malingering can be due to various causes, such as external motives, which makes it an independent entity from being a psychological disorder or mental illness. Malingering, however, can also manifest in some context of mental illness. It can be due to some psychological disorders such as the following:

  • Somatoform disorder (a condition that mimics symptoms of a disability or disease with no identifiable causes)
  • Organic disease producing symptoms
  • Factitious disorder (the person tries to fake their symptoms in order to gain some benefits)
  • Antisocial personality disorder

In some cases of malingering the person will usually have an inner motive of personal gain from being a malingerer, such as taking time off from work or to obtain disability claims for financial gains. The underlying motives can always vary in every person. Some malingerers may also often anticipate the occurrence of symptoms sometime in the future. 3

Other motivating causes of malingering include:

  • Desire to obtain narcotics
  • Attention seeking desire
  • Avoidance from going to jail
  • Avoidance for responsibility
  • Desire to be awarded with money in litigation

Could You Have Malingering?

Malingering Topics

Related Conditions

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