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is there a cure for munchausen syndrome by proxy?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience Psychiatry
Wow rare condition: I don't know if there is a good answer. This is when one individual, usually a parent, causes harm to another, usually a child, to minic physical illnesses for attention. The child's "illnesses" improve when removed from the parent. You might call this a cure, but the perpetrator still has serious psychologic problems that need treatment, not to mention the distress in the victim.
Answered on May 9, 2016
Dr. William Holmes
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
Not Usually: This is an extremely difficult condition to treat, because the person involved (usually a parent) gains a high level of psychological satisfaction by keeping another person (usually a child) in the "sick role." these people generally do not seek help, and are not likely to admit to their difficulty, even when faced with clear evidence of their behavior.
Answered on Jan 31, 2015
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Dr. Leonard Lado
31 years experience Psychiatry
Munchausens: Although they not be a cure the most important thing is find the pattern caused by the pattern to protect the child. Once detected and the parent confronted the fear of an intervention by other family or child protective services. This syndrome is a severe and deadly form of child abuse because not only distorts the child concept of trust but also may lead to permanent physical injuries to child.
Answered on Apr 15, 2016
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
53 years experience Psychiatry
There is treatment.: This syndrome is much studied, little understood & involves a parent or caretaker inducing physical symptoms in the child. Often the caretaker has significant emotional or psychological issues of their own leading to actions they take causing physical symptoms. Treatment is complicated. Medical and social interventions are costly but stopping the behavior is the goal. Google the syndrome for more.
Answered on Sep 7, 2013
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