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What is Ganser syndrome?

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Ganser syndrome is a rare condition in which someone acts like they have a physical or mental illness when they’re not really sick. People who have it can mimic behavior that’s typical of a mental illness. Ganser syndrome is sometimes called "prison psychosis," because it was first seen in prisoners.

They act this way because of a need to be seen as ill or injured. They’re even willing to have painful or risky tests and operations to get the special attention that people who are truly ill get.

From: Ganser Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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MedicineNet: "Factitious Disorders."

Spodenkiewicz, M. , February 1, 2012. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Mental Health

Medscape: "Ganser Syndrome."

 

 

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

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MedicineNet: "Factitious Disorders."

Spodenkiewicz, M. , February 1, 2012. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Mental Health

Medscape: "Ganser Syndrome."

 

 

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

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