NEW YEAR WISDOM (from Mom) "One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to … [Read more...]

Delusional Parasitosis and Factitious Dermatitis

Delusional Parasitosis and Factitious Dermatitis   Delusional parasitosis and factitious disorder are psychiatric illnesses that are often encountered by clinicians. The differential diagnosis can be tricky, but treatment, which may include referral to a mental health specialist, may be trickier. Persons with delusional parasitosis falsely believe that they are infested with parasites and may experience formication, a hallucinatory crawling sensation on the skin that they attribute … [Read more...]

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