Pseudologia Fantastica, Factitious Disorder and Impostership: A Deception Syndrome

  title={Pseudologia Fantastica, Factitious Disorder and Impostership: A Deception Syndrome},
  author={Tim Hardie and A Reed},
  journal={Medicine, Science and the Law},
  pages={198 - 201}
  • T. Hardie, A. Reed
  • Published 1 July 1998
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Medicine, Science and the Law
Pseudologia fantastica and impostership are not currently included in diagnostic systems, although there is an overlap between these two syndromes and factitious disorder. A case which illustrates the overlap is described, and the diagnostic dilemma is discussed. A term ‘deception syndrome’ is proposed for those individuals who pathologically deceive for internal (i.e. psychological) as opposed to external reasons such as financial gain. 
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