Aggravation - It is an exaggeration by the subject of the described severity of symptoms that are actually present or subjectively felt. Aggravation can act consciously deterministic activity or have a subconscious nature of occurrence. The causes of aggravation of the painful symptoms can be determined, both by the true presence of the disease, and by the personality and motivational features of the person.
Aggravated behavior is considered when a person contributes to the deterioration of their own health or delays the period of illness (active form, when non-compliance with the doctor’s recommendations, self-injury is possible) or exaggerates the existing symptoms (passive form when the number of complaints increases). A pathological simulation is manifested not only by the amplification by the subject of the symptoms of the existing disease, but also by minimizing the effect of the treatment, which may not coincide with the objective indicators of improvement. This condition is attributed to mental disorder, requires appropriate clinical diagnosis and psychotherapy. Unlike conscious simulation, aggravation can be a symptom or a characteristic of the degree of progression of psychopathology.