What is the prognosis (outlook) for people with factitious disorder imposed on another?

Generally, FDIA is a very difficult disorder to treat and often requires years of therapy and support. Social services, law enforcement, children's protective services, and physicians must function as a team to stop the behavior.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/26/2014.


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