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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Munchausen By Proxy (Overview)

It is relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration/fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by the primary caretaker.


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Munchausen by proxy syndrome, can you tell me about this?

Munchausen by proxy syndrome, can you tell me about this?

Make someone ill: This disorder is a psychiatric illness where a caretaker makes the person in their care ill or describes symptoms of illness that prompt lots of medical attention/workup. Most often a parent doing things to or saying things are wrong with their baby or child. May intentionally do things that cause harm to child. Psych disorder aimed at gaining lots of attention for the parent. Very sad for child.. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
16 Doctors shared insights

Munchausen By Proxy (Overview)

It is relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration/fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by the primary caretaker.


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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of munchausen by proxy?

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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What are the signs of munchausen by proxy?

What are the signs of munchausen by proxy?

Illness in child: 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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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 anyone tell me what causes munchausen syndrome by proxy?

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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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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What are the signs of munchausen by proxy?

Illness in child: 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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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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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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Munchausen by proxy syndrome, can you tell me about this?

Make someone ill: This disorder is a psychiatric illness where a caretaker makes the person in their care ill or describes symptoms of illness that prompt lots of medical attention/workup. Most often a parent doing things to or saying things are wrong with their baby or child. May intentionally do things that cause harm to child. Psych disorder aimed at gaining lots of attention for the parent. Very sad for child.. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Munchausen by proxy?

What is the definition or description of: Munchausen by proxy?

Fabrication: It is relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration/fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by the primary caretaker. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the key signs of munchausen by proxy syndrome?

Can you tell me the key signs of munchausen by proxy syndrome?

Make someone ill: This disorder is a psychiatric illness where a caretaker makes the person in their care ill or describes symptoms of illness that prompt lots of medical attention/workup. Most often a parent doing things to or saying things are wrong with their baby or child. May intentionally do things that cause harm to child. Psych disorder aimed at gaining lots of attention for the parent. Very sad for child.. ...Read more

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What can you do if you think a relative has munchausen by proxy?

What can you do if you think a relative has munchausen by proxy?

Munchausen: Maybe nothing. Unless you are a health care professional you are guessing. If it can be verified by a doctor then you can provide understanding, love and support. ...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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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of munchausen by proxy?

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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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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Why is the disorder called munchausen by proxy?

Why is the disorder called munchausen by proxy?

Illness in 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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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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What do doctors do if they suspect munchausen by proxy syndrome?

What do doctors do if they suspect munchausen by proxy syndrome?

Suspect Munchausen?: Doctors would need to report this to the cps and help the parent figure get into treatment program. It is best dealt with in the emergency room setting. ...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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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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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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What can I do if my mother made me a "munchausen by proxy" kid, and I'm trying to get better, but I'm afraid.?

What can I do if my mother made me a "munchausen by proxy" kid, and I'm trying to get better, but I'm afraid.?

Talk to MD: I recommend that you talk to a mental health professional. Not to "treat" you, but to help you work through this issue. Having a person who can listen and guide you to a better future will be invaluable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can this be munchausen by proxy syndrome? If a child who is 14 1/2 years old who's doctor says she is in excellent health both physically and mentally with the mother and custody change and now father says in his custody the child is stress, depress, bulim

Can this be munchausen by proxy syndrome? If a child who is 14 1/2 years old who's doctor says she is in excellent health both physically and mentally with the mother and custody change and now father says in his custody the child is stress, depress, bulim

As: As I have reviewed questions that are posted, it looks like there are a number of questions from bothell, wa with the same theme. If you are the author, it is clear that you are feeling very worried and upset by the situation. Child custody situations can become very messy. One parent may accuse the other parent of misdeeds and vice versa. Frankly, it is very difficult to make a diagnosis of munchausen by proxy. In this condition which is not-common, the issues usually center on a medical condition or conditions. On the other hand, it is quite common in the context of child custody battles for parents to make accusations about bad parenting. I recommend that you speak with your lawyer about how best to approach this complicated issue since you feel that the jdge and the counselor do not understand the situation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of munchausen proxy syndrome?

Interested mother: 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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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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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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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