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Faking mental illness

Faking mental illness

In his tribunal Moors murderer Ian Brady claims he used method acting techniques to fool doctors and psychologists into diagnosing him with paranoid schizophrenia. How easy is it to fake mental illness and get away with it? Although the methods used are not infallible, experts have devised a series of increasingly sophisticated tests to spot false claims. The most common giveaway is for fakers to overstate their symptoms, creating an unrealistic picture of their supposed illness.