Ganser Syndrome Treatment & Management

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Daniel Schneider, MD, MA; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Medical Care

Inpatient treatment may be needed during the acute phase. This is often necessary to protect the patient from himself or herself considering his or her dissociation. Treat any underlying medical conditions.

Admit the patient to a psychiatric facility if the patient is a danger to self or others.

Simple supportive psychotherapy and monitoring for safety are the chief components of treatment. Limited evidence exists that hypnosis or ECT may be useful.

Recovery usually is within days for most patients, especially if precipitating stress resolves.



Consultation with a neurologist is advisable to rule out neurologic etiologic factors.

Consultation with a psychiatrist is recommended initially and in follow-up.



Restrict general activity to allow close observation during the acute phase of the syndrome.

Upon recovery, regular activities may be resumed.