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Psychology and Mental Health Dictionary Definitions - Malingering - Psychforums.com



Malingering is a medical term that refers to fabricating or exaggerating the symptoms of mental or physical disorders for a variety of "secondary gain" motives, which may include financial compensation (often tied to fraud); avoiding school, work or military service; obtaining drugs; getting lighter criminal sentences; or simply to attract attention or sympathy. Legally, it is often referred to as fabricated mental illness or feigned mental illness (see United States v. Binion). The disorder remains separate from somatization disorders and factitious disorders in which primary psychological gain, such as the relief of anxiety or the assumption of the "patient role", is the goal. The symptoms most commonly feigned reportedly include those associated with mild head injury, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic pain. Malingering imposes substantial burdens on the healthcare system.

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