Ganser's syndrome

Ganser's syndrome

A pattern of fraudulent and exaggerated simulation of psychiatric behaviour, usually detectable by the expert as revealing the subject's notion of madness rather than any recognized psychiatric pattern. It is common among prisoners awaiting trial especially when they believe they are being watched. Recovery is sudden when no further advantage is perceived. (Sigbert Joseph Maria Ganser, 1853–1931, German psychiatrist).

Ganser's syndrome

An unusual factitious disorder characterized by dissociative symptoms and absurd answers to direct questions.
Mentioned in: Factitious Disorders
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In ICD-10 dissociative (conversion) disorders include: dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, dissociative stupor, trance and possession disorder, and dissociative disorder of movement and sensation, subclassified in dissociative motor disorder, dissociative convulsions, dissociative anesthesia and sensory loss, mixed dissociative disorders and other dissociative disorders (Ganser's syndrome, multiple personality disorder, transient dissociative disorders) (3).