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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Munchausen Syndrome (Overview)

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


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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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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
40 doctors shared insights

Munchausen Syndrome (Overview)

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


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What are the symptoms of munchausen syndrome?

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

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 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 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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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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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

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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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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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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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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