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What is munchausen's syndrome?

What is munchausen's syndrome?

Feigning illness: Named for a fictional teller of tall tales, the Munchausen's patient seeks human warmth by pretending to be sick, sometimes by self-injury. In Munchausen's by proxy, a parent brings in a healthy child and tries to persuade physicains that the child is sick. Despite what you read, the parent is often afraid for the child's safety for some good reason and wants him under out of a situation. ...Read more

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What to do if I might have munchausen's syndrome?

Whoa: You know whether or not you have Munchausen's syndrome. If you do, then you have pretended to be ill, perhaps injuring yourself, to enjoy the warmth and care that a hospital patient receives. It's a poor long-term life strategy. If someone has told you that you "might" have it, then they suspect you're feigning illness. Only you know whether that's true. If it's not, forgive the suspicion. ...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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What to do if I think my friend has munchausen syndrom. How do I confront her or her family?

What to do if I think my friend has munchausen syndrom. How do I confront her or her family?

Who is in danger?: If this is munchausen's by proxy -- an adult injures or sickens a child or lies, all in order to get them admitted to the hospital -- phone child protective services and fill out paperwork on them. If this is simply a person who is so desperate as to seek warmth by pretending to be sick, the family is probably already dysfunctional and drama is unlikely to help & may be disastrous -- be a friend. ...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

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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 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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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 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?

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