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Munchausen Syndrome Research

(Also Known As: Factitious Disorder Research, Munchausens Research, Malingering Research, Munchausen By Proxy Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Current Research on Munchausen Syndrome

According to recent studies, there are four features of factitious disorders that are prevalent in Munchausen syndrome which increases morbidity with other conditions.

  • Dangerous manipulation of their own body by the patient. This would include injection of toxic chemicals, self-infection, aggravating of wounds, and others. While they may have some knowledge of medicine, this practice would lead to serious injury, permanent handicap, or even death.
  • The patient is subjecting themselves to the dangers of iatrogenic illness and injuries by constantly lying about their illness which prompts doctors and specialists to perform risky treatment approaches. In most instances, the consequence of the procedures is part of the patient’s plan. As a result, they have a higher chance of suffering from an adverse medical condition.
  • Most of the time, patients provide incomplete or fabricated medical history data which deliberately or accidentally increases morbidity or mortality. For example, serious complications are brought about by hiding information about drug allergies.
  • Although patients suffering from factitious or Munchausen syndrome are less likely to admit the cause of their condition or injuries, they have a greater chance of becoming seriously ill or injured. Individuals suffering from Munchausen syndrome may not be able to receive immediate medical attention when it is truly required

Could You Have Munchausen Syndrome?

Munchausen Syndrome Topics

Related Conditions

Factitious Disorder – Deliberate Feigning of Symptoms, Exaggeration of Medical Condition
Malingering – Faking of Symptoms with Obvious Incentive Benefits, Exaggeration of Medical Condition, Lying, Deception
Munchausen By Proxy - An Individual Fabricates Or Exaggerates an Illness of Another Individual, Usually a Child, In Order to Draw Attention Or Sympathy from Others