DSM's cautionary guideline to rule out malingering can protect the PTSD data base

J Anxiety Disord. 2006;20(4):530-5. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2005.03.004.


DSM-IV cautions clinicians and researchers to rule out malingering when issues of compensation apply. Until this admonition is followed by authors, and enforced by journal editors, there remains the risk that inflated rates of psychiatric morbidity will enter the PTSD data base.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders*
  • Expert Testimony
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Liability, Legal
  • Male
  • Malingering / diagnosis*
  • Malingering / epidemiology
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Registries* / statistics & numerical data
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology