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Doctor insights on: Malingering By Proxy

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Is munchausen's by proxy genetic?

Is munchausen's by proxy genetic?

Probably not.: There is a predisposition of psychological conditions in the family, but environment seems to play more important role. ...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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Is it appropriate to call munchausen by proxy a mental illness?

Is it appropriate to call munchausen by proxy a mental illness?

Yes, it is: Yes, munchausen by proxy is a mental illness. The child involved is not ill, but his/her parent is creating illness for the purpose of being cared for by medical personnel. This purpose is unconscious, but the process of creating symptoms and illness is not. ...Read more

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Should sufferers of munchausen by proxy syndrome should be put in jail?

Should sufferers of munchausen by proxy syndrome should be put in jail?

Munchausen by proxy: No these people have a psych condition and jail is not the place for them unless they are faking this as well! ...Read more

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What does muchausen by proxy mean?

What does muchausen by proxy mean?

Pretend kid is sick: The term is much misused both in court and in the lay press. A parent creates or alleges symptoms / signs in a child in order to get the child admitted to the hospital. In real life, this is often because the parent has the insight to know the child is at risk for abuse and is a cry for help. ...Read more

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How exactly is munchausen by proxy diagnosed?

How exactly is munchausen by proxy diagnosed?

Difficult: It can be a suspicion on the part of the treating provider. Sometimes, it is found by accident. It is not easy to diagnose. Most of the cases I have seen were diagnosed by video monitoring in the hospital setting. ...Read more

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Can munchausen proxy syndrome be prevented?

Can munchausen proxy syndrome be prevented?

NOT REALLY: Munchausen proxy syndrome is where a parental figure fakes the child's illness. It is not preventable as it is the parent's mental illness that causes them to do this. Once it is picked up the parent can be sent for psych eval and treatment. ...Read more

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Will childhood depression be caused by verbal abuse?

Will childhood depression be caused by verbal abuse?

Depression - trauma: If there is no evidence of a family hx of depression and you experienced prolonged and severe verbal abuse, it is possible to have developed a negative self-esteem from the abuse which can lead to pessimism about self, the world, and the future. As a result then depression can occur. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to why is the disorder called munchausen by proxy?

I'm curious as to why is the disorder called munchausen by proxy?

Name issue: Baron van munchausen was a character of history who made up many fake illnesses to gather attention to himself. Munchausen by proxy refers to a parent who makes up or induces medical problems in a child to bring attention to that parent as a long suffering doting parent. ...Read more

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Which mental disorder is characterized by someone believing only in their own reality?

Which mental disorder is characterized by someone believing only in their own reality?

Human State: Without being facetious, i'd say this is the state of most humans -- whether we realize it or not. Most of us are shocked when others see things differently from us. Think of all the household arguments you've ever seen; the stalemate in our congress; wars, etc. We walk around with our opinions of others, forgetting that we only see a portion of reality. In this way, we're all delusional. ...Read more

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I'm afraid being affected by herotomania. I'm a bipolar person?

I'm afraid being affected by herotomania. I'm a bipolar person?

What do you mean by: Herotomania? Erotomania person, is in love with him or her.? (delusions about someone else being in love with you) ? Mixed bipolar state? Please clarify what you mean ; re-ask your question. Take care. ...Read more

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Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more

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Is it correct to refer to munchausen by proxy as a mental illness?

Is it correct to refer to munchausen by proxy as a mental illness?

Munchausens: Munchausen syndrome is a type of factitious disorder, or mental illness, when a person repeatedly acts as if he or she has a physical or mental disorder where in fact they themselves have caused the symptoms. People with factitious disorders have an inner need to be seen as ill or injured. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder caused by drug abuse?

Help please! is bipolar disorder caused by drug abuse?

No: Drug abuse is bad. Abuse is by definition bad. But drug abuse cannot be blamed for everything. The symptoms that can lead to a person being diagnosed bipolar should be able to be distinguished from da. It may be difficult and they may co-exist, but they don't "cause" each other. Treatment is a good idea for either and certainly for both. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the key signs of munchausen by proxy syndrome?

When a mother:: ?Intentionally produces feigned physical or psychological signs or symptoms ?Presents illness behavior reflecting a wish to assume the sick role ?Confronts physicians with self-induced symptoms or disease ?Lacks of external incentives for the behavior (eg, economic gain, avoiding legal responsibility, or improving general wellbeing) ...Read more

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How do I report a suspected case of munchausen by proxy syndrome?

Report to MD: The best way to report the munchausen by proxy would be to talk to the doctor of the patient or the parent figure. Or if it threatens the life of the child call 9-1-1 or take the child to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Are there any cases where muchausen by proxy lead to (usually) a childs death?

Are there any cases where muchausen by proxy lead to (usually) a childs death?

Munchausen syndrome: There are classic stories of children dying from munchausen syndrome. There is the story of mrs holt who has been reported to have killed eight children. There are other stories as well. ...Read more

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Can a medical dnr be overridden by family / friends?

Can a medical dnr be overridden by family / friends?

Yes: It may go agianst the patients wishes, but if the physician believes and advises the family that there might be full recovery, the family can request the dnr be revoked. ...Read more

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What disorder is characterized by aggression?

What disorder is characterized by aggression?

Many: Aggression is a common symptom in many disorders. In my practice of child & adolescent psychiatry, aggression is actually the most common reason for referral. Aggression is a somewhat generic reaction of some people who are in distress. Aggression alone is not much help diagnostically. Discovering the underlying causes, or triggers, for the aggression is the key to proper diagnosis. ...Read more