Factitious cyclic hypersomnia: a new variant of factitious disorder.

Academic Article


  • The central goal of patients with factitious disorders is to receive medical care. Unnecessary diagnostic procedures and recurrent hospitalizations often ensue. We saw a 39-year-old man with a novel variation of this disorder: factitious cyclic hypersomnia, or the simulation of recurrent episodes of excessive sleep. This case highlights the observations that patients whose illnesses are simulated may have diverse symptoms, that no syndrome is immune to factitious imitation, and that attempts at treatment, though exceedingly challenging, are always contingent upon appropriate recognition.
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  • Adult, Disorders of Excessive Somnolence, Factitious Disorders, Humans, Male, Recurrence
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    Author List

  • Feldman MD; Russell JL
  • Start Page

  • 379
  • End Page

  • 381
  • Volume

  • 84
  • Issue

  • 3