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This can certainly happen more often than you think, but be careful! You have to be absolutely sure you are correct. Unless you have gone to the doctors with this friend of yours and heard the diagnosis then you'll never know for sure.

Some people fake illness' to get attention. It doesn't make them a bad person, but just one that feels they have not had much attention in their lives and without thinking they can lie about something to get that attention and before they know it they can be caught up in such a web of lies it's too late to back out without looking like a fool. Lying about a disease is not hard at all in this modern age because you can get a lot of info off the web on disease so the person that could be lying sounds quite legitimate when they are telling their friends a disease they may have. I know it seems cruel to you that a friend would do this to you, but if you put it into perspective as to why they are lying then you can deal with it.

Unfortunately, compulsive liars are hard people to know when to trust and not trust. It's just like that childhood story "Peter & The Wolf" ... if you cry wolf one too many times no one is going to hear them. The sad thing of it all is, if the compulsive liar really does have a severe illness this is when their friends will usually doubt them. Who could blame them!


AnswerYou cant, i live with a compulsive liar, the best thing you can do i help to accept she is a liar, the change has to come from within herself rather than through you! Tell her you know she is lying but don't accuse her it will make it worse.

Lying like this is most likely a symptom of a mental health issue. Bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and delusional disorder all are possibilitiesfor this type of behavior. Be careful about what you read on forums. There are a lot of people with an opinion but without any medical knowledge of what they are writing about.

Mentally healthy people say things that aren't true on a regular basis but not about something this big. This may be attention seeking behavior but it is not in the normal range of behavior.

Encourage your friend to get help. Confronting the lies can cause your friend to explode or leave. Try to talk to the person during calm times about their need for help.

I am currently dealing with a long time family friend who says she has cancer. She has never let anyone go to the doctor with her but lies and says that others have gone. She recently started taking medication for bipolar and we can see the difference.

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How can you help a compulsive lying friend who says she has illnesses when she hasn't?

Kill her.

How many lies is compulsive lying?

Compulsive lying is when you cannot stop lying, so you lie almost whenever you can.

What is compulsive lying?

It is when you can't stop lying, even if you don't want to lie.A compulsive liar is someone who can't resist lying, even when there is no reson to.

Can a compulsive liar stop lying?


Is there a medication for compulsive lying?

There are not medications specifically for compulsive lying. However, compulsive lying is usually a symptom of other underlying psychiatric issues, some of which may require medications. Sometimes just interacting with a councilor or therapy can cause a noticeable improvement with the problem.

What is the medical name for a compulsive liar?

Psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, and other mental health personnel use the term 'compulsive lying' when they refer to people who cannot control their lying, that is, people who feel compelled to lie and are aware that they are lying. Therefore, compulsive lying implies impaired ability to control it. The term 'compulsive lying' is not a diagnosis. It is a behavior or a symptom associated with a number of mental disorders [for example, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder]. The term "confabulation" is used to describe lying or invention when the person who is lying is not aware that they are lying. To be more specific, confabulation is treating a fantasy as a fact, without awareness that fantasy has replaced fact."

What is the medical term for compulsive lying?

Pseudologia fantastica.

Why is someone a compulsive liar?

Because they cant stop lying!

What is a compulsive liar?

A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary. A compulsive liar may also have difficulties with poor self esteem. For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning, rather they simply lie out of habit - an automatic response which is hard to break and one that takes its toll on a relationship. A compulsive liar may have difficulties with poor self esteem.

If you lie out of fear sometimes is it considered compulsive lying?

No, lying out of fear is not compulsive lying. It may be a compulsion, but that's a normal reaction; a defense mechanism. If you lie out of fear, it is justified, therefore *not* driven by a compulsion. Compulsive lying is an actual disorder, characterized by the pathalogical liar telling fibs without motivation, often telling wildly exaggerated stories and appearing to honestly believe them to be true.

How do you stop lying you are a compulsive liar?

Go get help. Get counseling and figure out why you lie.

What is pathological lying?

First of all, pathalogical lying is different to compulsive or habitual lying, in the sense that there is the added feeling that they always need to spread lies to either feel okay through false ego validations or avoidance of ego invalidation. Compulsive or habitual lying may have the same motives but lack the degree of need to use deception as a means of coping with the fears of judgment from others and themselves. Pathalogical lying becomes a way of living, where compulsive lying becomes a way of avoiding perceived upcoming threats of self-esteem (this includes lying to gain attention).

What is a word for someone who lies about everything?

A liar A compulsive liar or a pathological liar. if it's a physiological disorder, a pathological and compulsive lying then the person is a mythomaniac.

How do you stop a compulsive liar?

There is no easy way to get true compulsive liars to stop lying. Many compulsive behaviors are symptoms of deeper mental disorders and may require professional counseling and/or medication to treat the problem.

Can ADD cause compulsive lying?

Yes, I do it all the time, so do lots of adders.

Can lying cause cancer?


What do you do if you think a friend is lying to you?

you go up to her or him and ask and if you think they are lying or you can tell that they are lying to you don't trust them or don't be there friend.

Is compulsive lying a genetic disorder?

Though compulsive lying is not considered a genetic disorder, it is a psychiatric illness. Compulsive liars actually take pleasure in this agbnormal entity and it feels right to them. Telling the truth, on the other hand, is very difficult and uncomfortable. This disorder is addictive and very hard to stop. Also, t make this more complicated, there is usually an underlying personality disorder. Compulsive lying can only be dealt with through aggressive counseling and therapy. However, for therapy to be successful, the patient must be able to admit that they do have a problem.

Is there a term for compulsive lying like a nymphomaniac or kleptomaniac?

Compulsive lying, or pathological lying, is a common disorder often caused by low self-esteem and a need for attention. Often, the liar does not realize how often he or she is lying because it becomes second nature. Compulsive lying alienates friends and loved ones and often brings about the opposite of what the liar wants: instead of getting the attention they often crave, they end up pushing people away. With therapy, many people can overcome their compulsion to lie and salvage their interpersonal relationships before it is too late.

How do you deal with compulsive lying in relationships?

You don't, get out while you can. A relationship like that is doomed like the Titanic!!!

What is the compulsive lying disease called and how do you find out if you have it?

compulsive lying is a disease. you should go to your doctor they have medication for this situation now... And when you start believing your own lies and can not stop telling a lie that means you need to talk to you doctor, It is confidential...and doctors are great.... they will take care of you....

Can you help a compulsive liar if he won't admit to lying?

NO! Because it's a psychological issue and should be treated by a psychologist because he honestly doesn't believe he is lying (so no, he's not lying to you about the fact he's a liar.) People that are compulsive liars have usually grown up in an environment, or sometimes they are ashamed of their past or feel that they're past is not as exciting as most people's so they either make something small in their lives dramatic to attract attention by their peers or, they simply lie. You are either going to have to take your friend the way they are, or move on.

Ok if you let your friend babysit your hamster and when you came back it was dead and they said it died overnight how do you tell that you friend is not lying?

well it is able to die from diffrent wet tail or cancer

Are there are any therapy groups for compulsive liars and their loved ones specifically in Fort Worth?

im in several therapy groups in fort worth. i lie all the time. but iam working on it. just ask the local dentist robert, he knows all about compulsive lying. maybe im lying.. maybe im not.. im in several therapy groups in fort worth. i lie all the time. but iam working on it. just ask the local dentist robert, he knows all about compulsive lying. maybe im lying.. maybe im not.. poopie im in several therapy groups in fort worth. i lie all the time. but iam working on it. just ask the local dentist robert, he knows all about compulsive lying. maybe im lying.. maybe im not.. poopie hurts im in several therapy groups in fort worth. i lie all the time. but iam working on it. just ask the local dentist robert, he knows all about compulsive lying. maybe im lying.. maybe im not.. poopie hurts poopie hurts a lot

Can compulsive lying be hereditary?

There is now some evidence that a truly compulsive liar may have a genetic make-up slightly different than that of more honest people. However, the overwhelming academic opinion is still that a behavior, such as lying, is a learned trait strengthened through observation and conditioning.