Faking an illness

Munchausen syndrome is a serious mental disorder in which someone with a deep need for attention pretends to be sick or gets sick or injured on purpose.

Patients presents with false or grossly exaggerated physical or psychological symptoms, motivated by external incentives such as getting attention or avoiding work.

Symptoms may include:

1. Dramatic stories about numerous medical problems
2. Frequent hospitalizations
3. Vague or inconsistent symptoms
4. Conditions that get worse for no apparent reason
5. Eagerness to undergo frequent testing or medical procedures
6. Gathering medical knowledge on diseases and using it as explanation of his/her symptoms
7. Seeking treatment from many different doctors or hospitals
8. Frequent argument or fight with health providers, specially when they discover the truth about their disease.
9. Frequent requests for pain relievers or other medications

- deep fear of abandonment or being left alone for which they seek re-assurance by craving for attention.
- attention seeking behavior clouds their mind and they end up creating stories or harming themselves to "portray" to be "ill".

Treatment -

1. Anti-depressant and anti-anxieties are given to help calm the mind.
2. counseling is done for both family and patient to help them understand its a medical problem.
3. hospitalization in severe cases.

written by -

Dr.Hemant Mittal (MBBS, DPM, MD(mindmantra))
(Psychiatrist, Motivational Writer and Counselor)

email – eksoch@gmail.com
website – www.mindmantra.in

clinic address- 15, shreeji plaza, next to ice n spice restaurant, opposite seawoods station, seawoods (east)
Navi Mumbai

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