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Transcript of Ganser Syndrome
Factitious disorder: a disorder where a person pretends to be ill, when in reality, they are healthy
Factitious disorders are categorized as a mental illness because they are associated with extreme emotional issues
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/factitious-disorders What is Ganser Syndrome? Short-term episodes that resemble someone with a mental illness
Answering questions with absurd answers (5-1=7)
It is common to appear confused, give nonsense answers, and pretend to hallucinate or experience amnesia What are the symptoms? This illness is so rare that there is not a definite cause
Main theory is that it is caused by extreme stress
Usually accompanied by antisocial personality disorder
Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by aggressive & irresponsible behavior, and a disregard for others and society's rules
People with this personality are usually classified as sociopaths or psychpaths Why? Who? Most common among teens and young adults
More common among men than women
Sometimes referred to as "prison psychosis" because it was first observed among prisoners Typically a few days of counseling (supportive psychotherapy) will cure Ganser Syndrome
If the symptoms are extreme, they are monitered or hospitalized The Cure (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/287390-overview) http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/ganser-syndrome