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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 50 (2008) 10, 679 - 683

Case report

Pseudologia fantastica: definition and position in relation to axis i and axis ii psychiatric disorders

S. Janssens, M. Morrens, B.G.C. Sabbe

summary
Pseudologia fantastica, also known as mythomania or pathological lying, is a psychiatric phenomenon that has been recognised for over a hundred years. By analysing two case studies and by searching the literature for relevant articles we aim to define the concept clearly and to ascertain whether pseudologia fantastica should be considered as a symptom of a psychiatric disorder or whether it should be considered as a separate entity.

 

keywords mythomania, pathological lying, pseudologia fantastica