Differential Diagnosis of Malingering Versus Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Scientific Rationale and Objective Scientific Methods

Kenneth R. Morel
Veterans Affairs Tennesse Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, TN, USA

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: MED105000


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In military medicine, the detection of malingering is a necessary function of mental health practitioners. Exposure to life-threatening events can produce the stress-related psychiatric condition of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD. The nature of war can lead to genuine PTSD or the conscious simulation of symptoms of PTSD for secondary gain. Since malingering has a significant impact on the military and its mission, the importance of differentiating malingering from genuine PTSD makes it relevant that the present state of the art and science of this process be presented in this book. (Imprint: Nova)



Part I: Background Issues in Military Psychiatry

Chapter 1. Foundational Issues in the Role of Military Psychiatry in Detecting Malingering

Chapter 2. Problematic Issues in Assessing Malingered PTSD

Chapter 3. Rationale and Statistical Methods to Detect Simulated PTSD

Chapter 4. Psychometric Tests to Differentiate Valid and Invalid Response Patterns for PTSD

Chapter 5. Conclusion


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