Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Abnormal Illness Affirming States

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_13


A group of psychiatric disorders (conversion disorder, hypochondriasis, somatization, pain disorder, factitious disorder, and malingering), where secondary gain is believed to be important to the production of some or all of the patient's symptoms. It is to be noted that for factitious disorders and malingering, secondary gain is thought to operate on a conscious level, but at an unconscious level for the other illness affirming states.

 Abnormal Illness Behavior

 Malingering, Primary and Secondary Gain

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