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Factitious Disorder... Faking Sick for "primary gain" to assume the sick role... can also be referred to as Munchausen syndrome... This differs from Malingering in which there is pursuit of a secondary gain (money, time off work)

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Topics covered include: -somatization disorder -conversion disorder -hypochondriasis -pain disorder -body dysmorphic disorder -factitious disorder -malingeri...

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Malingering-- is 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. Malingering is different from somatization disorder and factitious disorder.

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The most dangerous liars do not know the difference any longer & lack guilt/empathy of the hurt that they cause.

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Patient or Pretender: Inside the Strange World of Factitious Disorders by Marc D. Feldman http://www.amazon.com/dp/0471580805/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_d94Wwb0G9ECB8

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