How are factitious disorders differentiated from tardive dyskinesia (TD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Factitious disorder occurs when an individual feigns illness in order to assume the sick role. People with factitious disorders appear to seek the attention accorded to a patient. Like conversion disorders, factitious disorders are not well understood.

An extremely severe form of factitious disorder is manifested as Munchausen syndrome. Munchausen syndrome is characterized by the apparently deliberate feigning of symptoms and signs. People with Munchausen syndrome may fabricate elaborate and bizarre stories. They may agree to multiple operations in an attempt to diagnose and treat the fabricated illnesses.

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