This brief report was accepted for publication under the Editorship of Charles R. Figley.
Diverse motives for fictitious post-traumatic stress disorder†
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1993 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 6, Issue 1, pages 141–149, January 1993
How to Cite
Lacoursiere, R. B. (1993), Diverse motives for fictitious post-traumatic stress disorder. J. Traum. Stress, 6: 141–149. doi: 10.1002/jts.2490060112
- Issue published online: 19 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 NOV 1991
- post-traumatic stress disorder;
- motives for fictitious PTSD;
- Vietnam veterans
Fictitious cases of Vietnam-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) present a difficult diagnostic problem. In settings where the motives of avoiding criminal responsibility or gaining financially are apparent, the clinician is alerted to possible fictitious cases. But there are a variety of other reasons for fictitious presentation of PTSD that the clinician needs to consider. These other reasons include psychotic disorders, concealing other behavior, gaining special attention in a Vietnam veteran PTSD role, explaining and covering up a dysfunctional life, and factitious disorder. Case examples are presented of these various fictitious presentations of post-Vietnam PTSD.