Deceptive examinees who committed suicide: report of two cases

Clin Neuropsychol. 2012;26(1):116-28. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2011.633563. Epub 2011 Nov 15.


Deceptive behavior by neuropsychological examinees does not preclude the presence of significant psychopathology. To illustrate this fact we present two cases. Case 1 had a diagnosis of factitious disorder and clear evidence on neurological and neuropsychological exams of exaggeration. Case 2 had a somatoform disorder and provided a deceptive social history. Long after the neuropsychological evaluations, both persons committed suicide. These cases provide anecdotal evidence that deceptive behavior does not preclude the presence of serious psychopathology, and that deceptive behavior and self-destructive behavior sometimes coincide.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Deception*
  • Factitious Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology*
  • Suicide / psychology*