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What is the medical name for a compulsive liar?

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2006-09-19 05:51:52

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."


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