What Is Munchausen Syndrome?

Do You Know Anyone With Munchausen Syndrome?

Have you heard of this mental health disorder? If you haven’t you have possibly heard of people doing this certain behavior and wondered why they do it. Unfortunately people suffering with Munchausen Syndrome need treatment and not the treatment they are trying to get.

WebMD explain the symptoms below:

What Are the Symptoms of Munchausen Syndrome?

People with Munchausen syndrome deliberately produce or exaggerate symptoms in several ways. They may lie about or fake symptoms, hurt themselves to bring on symptoms, or alter tests (such as contaminating a urine sample). Possible warning signs of Munchausen syndrome include:

  • Dramatic but inconsistent medical history
  • Unclear symptoms that are not controllable and that become more severe or change once treatment has begun
  • Predictable relapses following improvement in the condition
  • Extensive knowledge of hospitals and/or medical terminology, as well as the textbook descriptions of illnesses
  • Presence of multiple surgical scars
  • Appearance of new or additional symptoms following negative test results
  • Presence of symptoms only when the patient is with others or being observed
  • Willingness or eagerness to have medical tests, operations, or other procedures
  • History of seeking treatment at numerous hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices, possibly even in different cities
  • Reluctance by the patient to allow doctors to meet with or talk to family, friends, or prior doctors
  • Problems with identity and self-esteem.

You can read more about this article here: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/munchausen-syndrome

I also found this video you may find very interesting.

Munchausen Syndrome Video

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Maybe you do know of someone with this disorder. If you do please leave your comments below. It is a problem that is not talked about as much as other disorders, such as anxiety and depression, but it exists nonetheless.

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