Difference Between True Insanity and Feigned/False Insanity

Difference Between True Insanity and Feigned/False Insanity


Real and false mental insanity


Differentiate between and a true Insane person and a person who is pretending to be an insane because of fear of the lawful punishment or some other motive by keeping following things in your mind.
  • In true insane person, Onset is usually gradual or rarely sudden but almost always without any motive While in feigned insanity onset is always sudden and there is some motive
  • Predisposing or exciting cause may present in true insane but not in false one.
  • There are usually a peculiar characteristic facial expressions in well develop cases of insanity While facial expression in false insane person are normal or easily distinguishable.
  • The true insane individual shows signs and symptoms of insanity irrespective of his conduct being observed or not while a false insane will show signs of insanity only when he is observed and there is total absence of symptoms when he thinks that he is alone or not being watched.
  • Sign and symptoms usually point to a particular type of insanity in true insane. ( e.g schizophrenia, mania, Bipolar disorder etc) while a non insane person will do what ever come in to his mind and his signs and symptoms don't indicate a particular type of insanity.
  • A true insane person can stand violent exertion for several hours or days without exhaustion, perspiration or sleep while in a non insane, violent exertion leads him to relaxation, exhaustion and sleep.
  • Habits of a true insane person are invariably dirty or filthy .An insane may smear his body with stool or urine while habits are not usually dirty or filthy in non insane Though a false show may be put to that effect. 
  • Physical manifestation of true insanity, Viz dry harsh skin, furred tongue, constipation, anorexia (loss of appetite)  and insomnia (loss of sleep ) are present in a true insane while not in a feigned insanity.
  • True insane is not worried about being repeatedly examined while a false insane person shows dislike for repeated examinations.

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