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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Researchers are also studying a possible link to personality disorders, which are common in people with Munchausen's syndrome.
Patients with Munchausen's syndrome fabricate problems whose "symptoms" are typical of actual medical problems.
In the second case Dean Lyons, who was charged and subsequently acquitted of the murder of Grangegorman victims Mary Callanan and Sylvia Shields was said to be suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome.
She is believed to have been the victim of a someone thought to be suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy.
Stevenson, "Serial Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy," Pediatrics, vol.
Suzanne McDaid, 23, who suffers from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, sobbed: "I didn't mean to hurt her.
Suggestions of Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy, in which an adult simulates or creates symptoms in a child, or abuse against Allitt as a young girl were suggested fleetingly, but never really investigated.
When the nurse was finally apprehended, she was diagnosed as suffering from both Munchausen Syndrome, which caused her to feign endless illnesses, and the controversial Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, which is believed to have driven her to abuse children to draw attention to herself.
It is believed that such behaviour represents a form of psychological disorder similar to Munchausen's Syndrome.
It is thought the fakers may suffer from a mental disorder like Munchausen's Syndrome.
Doctors diagnosed the mother, Parveen, as suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy - a condition which allegedly drives parents to harm their children for the attention it brings them.
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