Faking or exaggerating mental illness is very serious and an actual disorder. Typically, an underlying personality disorder is at play. Usually the Cluster B (dramatic) personality types (antisocial, borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic) are the most likely culprits.
Faking or exaggerating mental disorders can be called attention seeking, factitious disorder, Ganser syndrome, malingering, Münchausen syndrome, or playing the victim depending or the conditions.
(Please do not misinterpret what I am saying. Openly talking about the issues is a POSITIVE thing and so is empathy. Sorry for the confusion. I truly mean no offense by anything that is said.)
3:51 - Motive
4:54 - Proof?
6:42 - Blame & Excuses
11:10 - Equality
12:44 - Complaining & Bragging
Personality Disorders - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijMPEgMxras&t=4m40s
Proof of DID - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quo8wP7ppfQ