1st Edition

Playing Sick? Untangling the Web of Munchausen Syndrome, Munchausen by Proxy, Malingering, and Factitious Disorder

By Marc Feldman Copyright 2024
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In the classic edition of this outstanding book, originally published in 2004, Dr. Marc Feldman explores the bizarre cases of real patients who feign or even self-induce illness. Playing Sick? chronicles the devastating impact of illness hoaxes, including factitious disorders, Munchausen syndrome, Munchausen by proxy, and malingering. Based on years of research and clinical practice, Playing Sick? provides the clues that can help professionals, family members, friends, and patients themselves to recognize these diagnoses, avoid invasive procedures, and understand elusive motives. Dr. Feldman offers practical advice to get emotionally ill patients the help they need.

    This classic edition is essential reading for physicians, social workers, and anyone interested in why and how individuals fabricate illness.

    A new introduction by Dr. Stuart Eisendrath. Foreword Preface Introduction by Dr. James Hamilton. 1. Dying for Attention 2. Disease or Deception? An Overview of the Issues 3. Pseudologia Fantastica: Lies Larger Than Life. 4. Invading the Body: The Enemy Within 5. Feverish Ploys 6. Out of Control: When the Ruse Becomes Real 7. False Accusations and the Girl Who Cried "Wolf" 8. Drawing Back the Curtains: The Motives Behind the Madness 9. Mental Masquerades 10. Munchausen by Proxy: When Factitious Disorder Becomes Abuse 11. Munchausen by Proxy II: After Detection 12. Cyber-Deception: Virtual Factitious Disorder and Munchausen by Internet 13. People Who Care: The Casualties of Deception 14. Conscience, Ethics, and the Law 15. Detection and Diagnosis 16. Healing: Intervention and Treatment


    Dr. Feldman is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Feldman is an international expert in medical deception. He is the author of five books, more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles, and has appeared as an expert in dozens of television programs, print media, and documentaries throughout the world.

    "Marc Feldman's advocacy and educational writing on MBP is fresh, personable and impassioned. That such a collection of information has been brought together in one successful book is a benefit and gift to anyone needing to understand why another would play sick." -- Julie Gregory, author of Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

    "In this masterful and unprecedented book, Dr. Marc Feldman has captured the essence of feigned illness and the underlying motivations for assuming the sick role. The origins and impact of 'playing sick' are clearly depicted with practical advice for those affected and a sensible approach to healing." -- David G. Folks, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nebraska at Omaha