Issues in psychotherapeutic encounters of patients suspected of post-traumatic stress disorder malingering

David Potik*, Eliezer Feldinger, Shaul Schreiber

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The literature indicates on high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) malingering in various mental health settings but only few articles relate to therapeutic encounters with this population. The aim of this article is to present some of the difficulties that characterize psychotherapeutic encounters with patients suspected of PTSD malingering, and to examine the vicissitudes of significant elements of psychotherapy during these complex clinical situations. Some therapeutic interventions and indications that may help therapists to distinguish between patients with exaggerated symptomatology who suffer from true mental distress, and from full malingerers are also provided. It is argued that therapists and policy makers should relate to PTSD malingering more seriously due to the negative consequences of this phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-277
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • PTSD malingering
  • compensation seeking
  • countertransference
  • exaggerated symptomatology
  • psychotherapy

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