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Is munchausen syndrome hereditary?

Nature and nurture: Like most mental health conditions, munchausen's is most likely a complex interplay between the genome and developmental/ socioemotional influences. ...Read more

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Munchausen Syndrome (Definition)

The DSM criteria for factitious disorder (previously, when severe, called Munchausen syndrome) include: * Making up physical or psychological signs or symptoms or causing injury or disease with the deliberate intention to deceive *Pretending to be sick or injured or to be having problems functioning *Continuing with the deception, even without receiving any ...Read more


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What is munchausen syndrome?

What is munchausen syndrome?

Psychiatric illness: In this condition, the patient seeks medical care even though there is no underlying disease. It is probably an obsessive need for attention but takes the form of getting medical treatment which may include multiple surgeries. Very resistant to treatment. ...Read more

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Is munchausen syndrome herreitery?

Possibly: There may be some hereditary predisposition. Munchausen syndrome was reported in two brothers, two twins and couple families. ...Read more

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Can munchausen syndrome be treated?

Can munchausen syndrome be treated?

Yes, but difficult: People diagnosed with munchausen syndrome relish is assuming the 'sick role, ' so often reject treatment. In the rare cases that the person becomes amenable to treatment, psychotherapy is the treatment of choice, with the goal of understanding the underpinnings of this desire to play the sick role (often the only means the person has found to ask for and receive nurturance). ...Read more

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How do you recognize munchausen syndrome?

How do you recognize munchausen syndrome?

Munchausen: Munchausen syndrome is a disorder whereby patients feign medical illness or induce harm to themselves in order to receive medical treatment. Munchausen by proxy is a form of child abuse where a caretaker feigns or exaggerates medical illness in a child in order to subject them to unnecessary medical tests or treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have munchausen syndrome?

Get help now.: Munchausen syndrome can be very destructive. If you believe you have it or you have been diagnosed, therapy is essential. I have, over the course of 30 + years, seen a handful of people with this disorder - but have never seen anyone ask for help in getting it treated. It will require commitment if you desire to make healthy changes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of munchausen syndrome?

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What are the symptoms of munchausen syndrome?

Munchausen synd.: Is a psychiatric illness where the person consciously fabricates illness or symptoms in order to assume the sick role. If is a severe form of factitious disorder, where person is described as a pathologic lier, has been hospitalized numerous times for vague complaints, is doctor shopping, and has high level of medical knowledge. Only treatment is setting limits & psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How to tell if someone has munchausen syndrome?

How to tell if someone has munchausen syndrome?

Build a history: Medical case literature provides compelling documentation of patients who have intentionally exaggerated, feigned, simulated, aggravated, or self-induced an illness or injury for the primary purpose of assuming the sick role. This is not hypochondria or imagining illness - it is faking with intent, even self-inflicted harm. ...Read more

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Who is the victim of munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Who is the victim of munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Usually children: Munchausen syndrome is a psychogenic condition in which the patient seeks out medical care including multiple operations for non-existent disease. By proxy refers to parents and occasionally caregivers who subject their children or dependent to multiple doctor visits and procedures and this satisfies the psychogenic needs of the munchausen by proxy person. ...Read more

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What are the tests that indicate munchausen syndrome?

No tests: There is no test for munchausen syndrome. The diagnosis is made by history and a high index of suspicion. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for people with munchausen syndrome?

What's the prognosis for people with munchausen syndrome?

Very poor: Munchausen syndrome is a chronic condition that can be very difficult to treat. Most people with munchausen syndrome deny they are faking symptoms and will not seek or follow treatment. Even with treatment, it is more realistic to work toward managing the disorder rather than to try curing it. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have munchausen syndrome?

I need help! How do I know if I have munchausen syndrome?

Are you taking your: Children to the doctors or hospitals on a frequent basis with the outcome being that they are not sick? Thesis the major sign of munhausen's syndrome. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Vicarious attention: Many times this is driven by the need for attention which is gotten by, for example, a parent who continues to bring their child in for one ailment after another. Sometimes there is a component of self-validation by "needing to be needed" by a "sick" person for whom the person is giving care for these manufactured ailments. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Munchausen syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Munchausen syndrome?

Munchausen syndrome: The DSM criteria for factitious disorder (previously, when severe, called Munchausen syndrome) include:
* Making up physical or psychological signs or symptoms or causing injury or disease with the deliberate intention to deceive
*Pretending to be sick or injured or to be having problems functioning
*Continuing with the deception, even without receiving any visible benefit or reward ...Read more

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How can I be sure if I suspect someone has munchausen syndrome by proxy?

How can I be sure if I suspect someone has munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Not easy: It is often a difficult diagnosis to make - this should be done with the guidance of the treating physician for the patient (usually child) in question. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that all other relevant options have to be ruled out. ...Read more

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What to do if I know I have munchausen syndrome but I'm unsure what to do?

What to do if I know I have munchausen syndrome but I'm unsure what to do?

Find a psychologist: Find a psychologist and start working in therapy. It is a rare condition so it may be hard to find someone with expertise see how they feel about working with you. Let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between munchausen syndrome and munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Is there any difference between munchausen syndrome and munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Self v. others: This disorder, named for a german storyteller, is a psychiatric condition in which the sufferer knowingly feigns illness and submits themselves to numerous unnecessary treatments including hospitalizations and surgeries. The by proxy type is when a family member, usually a child, is subjected to the same treatments urged on by usually a mother of the child. ...Read more

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My sister says she has munchausen syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has munchausen syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Not catchy: Muchausen is a psychologic condition where the patient deliberately harms themselves in order to get attention of medical professionals. Most won't readily admit they have it, so I would question whether they are just messing with you. I wonder about her need for attention from you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have munchausen syndrome by proxy but instead of phyically causing damage, menally causing it?

Is it possible for someone to have munchausen syndrome by proxy but instead of phyically causing damage, menally causing it?

Proxy Munchausen: This is a factitious emotional illness where someone falsifies or even induces illness in another to get emotional satisfaction. They may also enjoy deceiving individuals they perceive as more important/powerful. Typically during preschool years, the adult care provider or parent (mother 90%) presents that they have witnessed the symptoms of the illness. Evaluate child, parents, family dynamics. ...Read more

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Is munchausen syndrome curable?

Yes, with difficulty: Munchaussen's syndrome is difficult to treat because, in most cases, the individual really does not want to get treatment. Once he/she does want treatment it can be treated with depth insight-oriented psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of munchausen syndrome?

Psychotherapy maybe: Munchausen syndrome is a severe form of factitious disorder, the conscious production of fake illness behavior due to unconscious motivation. Patients go from hospital to hospital with self-induced or made-up illness, & rarely accept psychiatric help. Thus, treatment is very difficult & often unsuccessful. Therapy aims to modify the behavior & quell unconscious urges: http://tinyurl. Com/acmts7. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Is there a cure for munchausen syndrome by proxy?

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. ...Read more

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Aunt sounds like munchausen syndrome, what do we do?

Aunt sounds like munchausen syndrome, what do we do?

Psychiatric eval'n: When someone reports that so-and-so "sounds like..." he has a particular diagnosis, then you need an expert to make or exclude that dx. For a situation as complex as munchausen's syndrome, that person should be a psychiatrist; and the latter definitely needs to have access to whatever records are available from the patient's other treating md's, clinics, hospitals, et al. ...Read more

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What are possible early signs of munchausen syndrome?

On self or others: Possible early signs of factitious disorder or "m√ľnchausen syndrome, " include falsely presenting yourself as ill, impaired, or injured (deceptive behavior) when there are no obvious external rewards for doing so. ...Read more

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Is a desperate desire to be hospitalised into a mental hosptial munchausen syndrome?

Is a desperate desire to be hospitalised into a mental hosptial munchausen syndrome?

Possibly, but: Munchausen's is possible, but not the only explanation. Someone could also have other mental illnesses (such as depression, extreme anxiety disorder, or psychosis, etc) which need care. Malingering is still another possibility, where the person is aware of faking symptoms to avoid particular responsibilities. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic munchausen syndrome? What is the treatment?

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Munchausen synd.: Is a psychiatric illness where the person consciously fabricates illness or symptoms in order to assume the sick role. If is a severe form of factitious disorder, where person is described as a pathologic lier, has been hospitalized numerous times for vague complaints, is doctor shopping, and has high level of medical knowledge. Only treatment is setting limits & psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What does co-morbidity with munchausen syndrome mean?

What does co-morbidity with munchausen syndrome mean?

Comorbidity: Comorbidity means more than one disorder is present. Munchausen's can occur along with substance abuse, depression, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, etc. In these instances, it would be "comorbid" with the other diagnoses. ...Read more