(Not important) Wessely watch: Factitious disorders in neurology: an analysis

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This doesn't particularly excite me but if any one had it to hand, feel free to paste in the bit where myalgic is mentioned. Myalgic isn't that common a term and tends to be used with regard to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Fibromyalgia, I find.

Factitious disorders in neurology: an analysis of reported cases.

RA Kanaan and SC Wessely

Psychosomatics, January 1, 2010; 51(1): 47-54.

Abstract

Institute of Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychological Medicine, King's College London, P062, Weston Education Centre, London SE5 9RJ. r.kanaan@iop.kcl.ac.uk

BACKGROUND: Factitious disorder (FD) is the deliberate production or simulation of symptoms in order to adopt the sick role.

OBJECTIVE: The authors look at FD in the neurology setting.

METHOD: The authors examined documented, published cases.


RESULTS: FD cases in neurology are strikingly different from those in other specialties in terms of their demographics. Whereas the paradigm of FD in medicine as a whole is of the socially stable female healthcare worker, neurology continues to report largely the classic itinerant "Munchausen's" type.

DISCUSSION: The authors explore two possible explanations for this: either that female healthcare workers with FD do not present neurologically, or that, if they do, they are diagnosed with conversion disorder.