What is Ganser syndrome?
People with Ganser syndrome have short-term episodes of odd behavior similar to that shown by people with other serious mental illnesses. The person may appear confused, make absurd statements, and report hallucinations such as the experience of sensing things that are not there or hearing voices.
What disease mimics other disorders?
Factitious disorder imposed on another (previously called Munchausen syndrome by proxy) is when someone falsely claims that another person has physical or psychological signs or symptoms of illness, or causes injury or disease in another person with the intention of deceiving others.
Is being a hypochondriac a mental illness?
Illness anxiety disorder is a chronic mental illness previously known as hypochondria. People with this disorder have a persistent fear that they have a serious or life-threatening illness despite few or no symptoms. Medications and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can help.
How can you tell if someone is faking mental illness?
However, some indications of faking mental illness can include exaggerating any existing symptoms, making up medical or psychological histories, causing self-harm, tampering with medical tests, or malingering.
What are the signs of Munchausen?
What are the symptoms of Munchausen syndrome?
- Dramatic but inconsistent medical history.
- Problems with identity and self-esteem.
- Predictable relapses following improvement in the condition.
- Extensive knowledge of hospitals and/or medical terminology, as well as the textbook descriptions of illnesses.
What should you not say to a hypochondriac?
What should you not say to someone with anxiety?
- “Stop worrying about it”
- “You’re an anxious person”
- “Why would you be anxious about that?”
- “Just don’t think about it”
What is de Clerambault syndrome?
A syndrome which was first described by G.G. De Clerambault in 1885 is reviewed and a case is presented. Popularly called erotomania, the syndrome is characterized by the delusional idea, usually in a young woman, that a man whom she considers to be of higher social and/or professional standing is in love with her.
What is Cotard delusion?
People with Cotard’s syndrome (also called walking corpse syndrome or Cotard’s delusion) believe that parts of their body are missing, or that they are dying, dead, or don’t exist. They may think nothing exists. Cotard’s syndrome is rare, with about 200 known cases worldwide.