GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Clinical and Abnormal Psychology-Causes and Development of Disorders Study Material (Page 5 of 29)

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Factitious Disorder


Creating physical complaints through fabrication or self-infliction (ingesting toxins, for example) in order to assume the sick role.

Factitious disorderdisorderillness is a mental in which a person acts as if he or she has a physical or mental when, in fact, he or she has consciously created the symptoms. These people are willing to undergo painful or risky tests to get sympathy and special attention.

Factitious disorder signs and symptoms may include:

Clever and convincing medical or psyc

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Dissociative Disorders


In this type of disorder, a person loses his memory of identity. Earlier these disorders were known as psychogenic disorders.

  • Amnesia: Amnesia is the stage where a person forgets what happened when the incident happened. There are two types of amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is when a person forgets the events which happened before the trauma and in interrogated amnesia; he forgets the events that happened after the trauma.
  • Fugue: In this situation, a person completely forgets his identity and establishes a new identity at a new location.
  • Identity disorder: In this disorder, a person acts a

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