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Malingering Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Malingering?

Malingering can be a motivated and deliberate exaggeration of symptomatic manifestation of any physical or mental illness. It can also co-occur with other psychological disorders thereby giving malingering disorder an extensive manifestation of symptoms as follow: 4

  • Fabricated medical condition such as patient claiming to have a series of non-existent conditions.
  • Deliberate staging of an accident where the person refuses to undergo extensive diagnostic tests, surgery and treatment.
  • The current injury or condition from an accident is exaggerated in favor of financial gain.
  • There is marked discrepancy between the claim of the person about his symptoms and the psychiatric and medical findings.
  • The person fails to cooperate with the physician conducting the evaluation with non compliance with their treatment.
  • Intentional faking of poor responses during a neuropsychological test.

Some behavioral traits of malingerers include attention seeking desires, lying, fabricating stories, manipulative behavior and being uncooperative to physicians assessing their condition.

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