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.
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As a psychiatric conundrum, the solution of Munchausen's demands all volunteered but sensible input.
Based on the clinical findings and psychiatry consultation, the patient was diagnosed as Munchausen's syndrome.
ARE PARENTS INVOLVED IN MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY CANDIDATES TO BE MUNCHAUSEN'S SYNDROME PATIENTS AFTER THEIR CHILDREN HAVE ALL GROWN UP?
One of the more well-known factitious illnesses is Munchausen's syndrome, in which affected patients repeatedly seek treatment for nonexistent acute illnesses while reporting a dramatic yet plausible history.
A review of 298 cases was ordered in 2004 after three mothers were cleared of killing their children following concerns over misdiagnosis of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy Prof Meadow's theories on child abuse have been used in social service hearings against hundreds of Midland parents, many of whom have had their children taken away.
She was said to be suffering from factitious illness by proxy, a disorder previously referred to as Munchausen's syndrome by proxy.
The ex-Brookside star plays a nurse with Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy - the disorder which Allitt was said to suffer from and which made her inflict physical harm on others to gain attention.
The youngster, known only as Child D, was taken from her parents' Bridgend home as a toddler in October 2000 when experts diagnosed them with Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, an illness where parents harm their children in order to get attention.
And in the case of Baron Munchausen's accounts of his extraordinary adventures in Russia, the truth was mostly absent.
Hanon, "Child Abuse: Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, December 1991, 8-11, and Kathryn A.
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