Year: 1994 Source: Psychosomatics, v.35, no.1, (January-February 1994), p.25-34 SIEC No: 19970201

Factitious disorder (FD) is a form of somatization that involves apparent deception, simulation of illness, and imposture. Their underlying disturbances in the sense of reality and in reality testing, may be associated with a poorly consolidated sense of self, and with difficulty regarding emotional experience as real. Most patients with FD refuse treatment, further psychosis and suicidality are complications that may occur during the course of psychotherapy.