Munchausen syndrome

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Health & Insurance----Have you ever heard of Munchausen's Syndrome? Munchausen syndrome is certainly foreign to you instead? Well what is it Munchausen syndrome, here are some things I could share with you all. 

This syndrome is a serious mental disorder in which a person has a profound need for the attention of others by pretending to be ill or injured by accidental.
Patients with this syndrome can feign symptoms of illness, wanted to do surgery, or trying to cheat the results of laboratory tests to gain sympathy.

Munchausen's syndrome has a number of conditions of artificial disturbances, either artificial or self-inflicted. Factitious disorder can be either psychological or physical. 

Munchausen syndrome is a disorder of the mysterious and difficult to treat. Medical assistance is important to prevent serious injury and death that may be caused by the actions of self-harm.

The cause of Munchausen syndrome is unknown. People with this disorder may have experienced a severe illness when they were younger or may have been abused emotionally or physically. 

Symptoms of Munchausen syndrome dwell on pretending to have an illness or injury to satisfy emotional needs. 
People with Munchausen syndrome struggled to keep the deception was uncovered, so it may be difficult to see that in fact their symptoms are part of a serious mental disorder.

People with this disorder is not aimed at the practical benefit of his medical condition such as out of a job or win the lawsuit. 
This syndrome is also not the same as hypochondria.

People with the disorder such as depression or bipolar truly believe that they are sick, whereas people with Munchausen syndrome are not ill, but they want to be sick.

Munchausen syndrome symptoms include:
 1. Dramatize the story of his health problems
 2. Frequent hospitalizations
 3. Symptoms of illness are inconsistent or vague
 4. Health conditions deteriorated for no apparent reason
 5. Eager to undergo medical tests or surgery are at risk
 6. Having knowledge of medical terminology and extensive disease
 7. Sought treatment from many doctors or hospitals of different
 8. Have some visitors when hospitalized
 9. If health professionals are reluctant to talk with family or friends
 10. Argue with hospital staff
 11. Frequently asked painkillers or other drugs

Because people with Munchausen syndrome expert in pretending to have symptoms of disease or cause real injury to themselves, it is sometimes difficult for medical professionals and people who are sympathetic to know whether the disease is real or not.

People with Munchausen syndrome make the symptoms or cause disease in several ways, namely:
 1. Making a false medical history, such as: claims to have suffered from cancer or HIV to a loved one, health care providers or even groups of Internet

2. Fabricate symptoms of illness, such as: abdominal pain, seizures or fainting

3. Endanger yourself. They might hurt or make themselves sick, such as injecting themselves with bacteria, gasoline, milk, or feces. Can also by taking drugs to mimic the disease, such as blood thinners, chemotherapy drugs and diabetes drugs

4. Prevent healing

5. Tampering. Manipulating medical instruments, such as: heating the thermometer. It could also tamper with laboratory tests, such as: contaminating their urine samples with blood or other substances

Treatments and drugs

Treatment of Munchausen syndrome is difficult because there is no standard therapy for the condition. Because people with Munchausen syndrome want to play sick, then they are not willing to seek treatment. However, if approached in a subtle way, lured by the intention to save face, people with Munchausen syndrome may agree to be treated by mental health providers.

Although there is no standard treatment for Munchausen syndrome, treatment often focuses on managing the condition rather than try to cure it. Treatment generally includes psychotherapy and behavior counseling.

If possible, family therapy may also be recommended. Drugs can be used to treat other mental disorders such as depression or anxiety. In severe cases, psychiatric hospitalization may be required.

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