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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

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Munchausen By Proxy (Definition)

It is relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration/fabrication of illnesses or symptoms ...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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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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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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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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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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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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Is munchausen syndrome curable?

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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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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Rett syndrome caused by efexor neonatal use?

Rett syndrome caused by efexor neonatal use?

No: This syndrome is caused by a gene mutation, and as such will be present at conception. The exposure of a developing fetus after the fact will not change this mutation.This sporadic syndrome occurs without any exposure to ssri meds or any other defined agent prior to pregnancy or during pregnancy. ...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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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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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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Which person discovered crouzonodermoskeletal syndrome (crouzon syndrome)?

Which person discovered crouzonodermoskeletal syndrome (crouzon syndrome)?

Crouzon: Crouzon craniofacial dysostosis was described by crouzon in 1912. The genetic cause was not identified until 1994 and the credit goes to a number of different geneticists - reardon and preston independently helped narrow the genetic inheritance to the fgfr2 gene. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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