Munchausen syndrome

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Munchausen syndrome

[′mu̇n‚chau̇z·ən ‚sin‚drōm]
(psychology)
A personality disorder in which the patient describes dramatic but false symptoms or simulates acute illness, happily undergoing examinations, hospitalization, and diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations, and upon discovery of the real nature of his case often leaves without notice and moves on to another hospital.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Britain's bosses have been urged to use a very simple remedy to combat 'fake illness syndrome' -a non-existent epidemic that grips industry and costs billions of pounds in lost output.
The employees confessed to betting on who in the office would be the last to get their power back after a big snowstorm, the fake illness with which a co-worker would call in sick apart from how long would it take for someone to quit and who would grow the best beard in one month's time, Live Science reported.
Research by business consultants the Employee Law Advisory Service suggests that post-Christmas blues, the wintry weather, credit card bills and a long wait until the next holiday combine to make today the day we are most likely to fake illness.
The saga of Chloe's (Leah Coombes) fake illness rumbles on in Family Affairs but when she learns she can't go skiing, she starts to tell the truth.
The couple fooled 65 people and firms into giving up to $31,000 (pounds 20,500) to help them treat their daughter's fake illness.
According to the report, a third of people in the North-East think it is acceptable to fake illness to get time off work and nearly two-thirds have considered `sickies' because they are hungover.
She told the Radio Times: "I was so in love with mike from neighbours that I'd fake illness to stay off school and watch the 1.25pm edition."
"And I was so in love with Mike from Neighbours that I'd actually fake illness to stay off school," she added.
Union chiefs say workers who fake illness risk the sack.
North firms were expected to be hit by National Sickie Day today, with more workers phoning or texting their boss with a fake illness than on any day of the year, research claims.
A hospital insider said: "It is almost unbelievable someone would want to fake illness to get into Carstairs.