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Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

February 10, 2020

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is when a caregiver makes up or denies or outright lies about existing health problems in a child or somebody they are taking care of. The caregiver outright lies about their charges’ symptoms in order to get attention and the caregiver may or may not have personality disorders. They change test results to make their charge look sicker than they are. Sometimes they physically harm their charge in order to produce symptoms. Caregivers get attention for having a sick family member, from doctors and nurses as well as other members of their community who know about the sick child or family member. Caregivers try to hard to get close to hospital staff, and seem to be sympathetic towards their charge. IT would seem that people with repeated illness are seen often, but this goes away when the primary caregiver is not around.

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