Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


The phenomenon of malingered psychosis is examined through a review of the available literature. Possible motivations for malingering are discussed, and clinical indicators of feigned psychotic symptoms are reviewed. The methods discussed focus on the inpatient evaluation of suspected malingerers and include discussions of interview techniques and psychometric testing to supplement clinical impressions. A differential diagnosis is presented, and techniques for confronting a malingering patient are reviewed.

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