This is a discussion forum for survivors of factitious disorders who want to introduce themselves and find support-this is for those who are interested in change.
I used to meet criteria for factitious disorder, borderline personality disorder. I have also had accompanying issues with addiction to alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, and marijuana. For me, the Factitious disorder was an addiction (to medical treatment). I have been sober from alcohol and other drugs for a little over 2 years, and it’s been about that long since I have had any unnecessary medical treatment. What changed this was the 12 step program of AA. I no longer meet criteria for factitious disorder or borderline personality disorder.
When I think about the term (FD) the first thing that comes to mind is there is no treatment. A general lack of hope for myself and my own recovery, a crushing depression also go along with it. I really thought I was a lost cause and for many years was afraid to admit the truth-to others but most of all to myself. But that is the first step. Seeing the error of your ways, if you will is an excellent sign. Guilt over what you’ve done to yourself and how your actions have hurt others is also a good sign. It also shows the capacity for change. Which is exactly why you can have hope, even with the serious diagnosis. No such thing as a hopeless diagnosis.
The treatment is mental. But there is help for this.