Symptoms And Treatment Of Psychiatric Disorders

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Among the world of mental health there exists many unexplained disorders. Most of these psychiatric disorders occur for no reason and without conscious control. However, in the section of somatic symptom disorders there exists diagnoses of people with factitious disorder whom intentionally pretend illness in order to fulfill their emotional needs. For the FD client, there is a strong urge to assume the role of “patient.”
The disorders one witnesses are actually the client feigning symptoms of sickness. Thus the word factitious translates in Latin to artificial or contrived. The patient may feel an internal need to keep faking the role of being sick. They also often have a history of lying uncontrollably and can be portrayed as good actors. There are several types of factitious disorders that oftentimes result in a patient’s disability status and many costs to hospitals (Halter, 2014, p. 337).
The prevalence of FD is uncertain due to the fact that many cases are undetected. The disorder can be mysterious because for healthcare providers it is difficult to differentiate between a deceitful FD patient and a real sick patient. Many FD clients are seen as real sick hospital patients for a long time. According to DSM-5, “it is estimated that about 1% of individuals have presentations that meet criteria for factitious disorder” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 326). Age of onset is also complicated to distinguish as there are many possible causes as to why a person…
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