A Pandemic of Fake Psychiatric Patients

A Pandemic of Fake Psychiatric Patients
Marty Slagter/The Ann Arbor News via AP

A decade ago, while working as a psychiatry resident in the emergency room of a New York City hospital, I encountered a patient whose medical record revealed that he'd had several hundred prior admissions to psychiatric facilities across the nation. During a 30-minute evaluation, it became clear that the patient was faking an episode of psychosis in order to gain admission to the hospital.

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