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.

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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...