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22 Apr 2004

munchaussens byproxy
is it possible for this to extend to the granmother? my sil is preg and she and mil are both carrying on as though the child is already dead etc, they both have a history of dramatising all illnesses (eg palpitations are heart attacks, etc) - mil and sil both seem to thrive on people feeling sorry for their illnesses and when my baby was born 8 weeks prem mil bathed in the sympathy from everyone. Why can't they just be thankful for a healthy baby? My child is 2.5 years now and i dont even want to think of those horrid times when i did not even know if he was going to live. I believe that this can also involve giving meds to make symptoms manifest. Is there any more information anywhere else where I can read up on this?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear jo,
I used to do some research in MUnchausen's, and there are several reasonably good and accessable books on the topic --- check out Kalahari.net where I think they still have a sale with 20% off all books, as I doubt whether local bookshops would stock these ; or try a university library, through inter-pibrary loan if necessary. Searching online, too, might help, try Munchausen's Syndrome, and Factitious Illness.
What you describe in your family is related, but not really the same. SOme people really "enjoy" illness and drama, and milk such situations for maximum impact --- but based on real health problems. In Munchausen's, people invent illnesses they do not have, elaborately faking the symptoms, and actively trying to get treated for what they don't have, even at risk of their lives ; and there are usually tall and dramatic tales they tell to make their story and complaints dramatic and appealing.
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