The symptom most easily recognized when diagnosing compulsive lying disorder is frequent, unnecessary dishonesty. Individuals will lie about anything and everything, even in cases when they have nothing to gain from concealing the truth. This often results in inconsistency in relationships, when the compulsive liar becomes incapable of keeping track of his or her lies. Compulsive lying disorder often develops very early in childhood, due to a child’s need or desire to seek out attention from caregivers and peers. If this behavior is allowed to go on too long, then it becomes nearly irreparable and the disorder develops. However, compulsive lying disorder can be overcome through the use of behavior modification.
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