Most of us in our lifetimes have committed the act of “malingering”. As children, we just did not want to go to school for fear in being picked on or perhaps we did not want to take that grueling math test. We made up any excuse to not go to school by feigning a sickness. As an adult, you wanted to take off to guarantee a three- day weekend, concocting and citing to your boss that you felt feverish. Unfortunately, in our society, there have even been some selfish people that will fake an illness, such as Breast Cancer, gain money from funding that sympathetic people have ponied up to benefit their personal obligations.
Malingering must be understood to grasp the difference between it and a more worry- some disorder: Factitious Disorder. Malingering, which is not considered a psychological disorder, is commonly identified, and termed as sufferers that want to gain something financial from the outcome of falsifying an illness. Factitious Disorder is often misdiagnosed and overlooked, is defined as the intentional action of misrepresenting an illness and there is no obvious benefit except for having an inner need to only calling attention to oneself and gaining emotional sympathy.
There are several subdivisions of the Factitious Disorder. They include Psychological Factitious Disorder (PsyFD), Physical Factitious Disorder (PhyFD), Combination Psychological and Physical Factitious Disorder (ComboFD), Munchausen Syndrome, and Ganser Syndrome. The person claiming they have an illness generally wanting empathy and will do anything to embellish symptoms of an illness or disease in several different ways.
In Psychological Factitious Disorder (PsyFD), the individual will assume mentally and emotionally that they are suffering from a mental illness such as major depression or schizophrenia. They are deceptive in the fact that they lie, pretending on having symptoms that may be absurd or unbelievable because there is no concrete proof that they have emotional distress. Their symptoms are an addiction, ever- changing, varying from situation to situation or day to day, depending on what sympathy they can receive. The individual so jaded into wanting to be pitied and nurtured that they will go as far as to becoming a “professional patient” and go to several doctors and hospitals, making sure they “conveniently” do not have their medical charts. Rarely proven that they have been falsifying their symptoms, but once susceptible, they appear confused or become angry.
In Physical Factitious Disorder (PhyFD), the “ill” person will claim that they are experiencing physical ailments such as chest pains, severe migraines, heart palpitations, fever, stomach issues and pains. They may hurt themselves to bring on symptoms, or modify medical tests to make it look like they are indeed sick, or may even take non- needed medicine required for their “ailment”, causing a completely new slew of symptoms to pop up.
Combination Psychological and Physical Factitious Disorder...