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Other Names :  

Hospital addiction syndrome, Thick chart syndrome

What is Munchausen Syndrome ?  

A Psychiatric disorder in which the person feigns illness or disease to draw attention or sympathy.

Cause(s) :  
  • Psychological disturbances due to abuse or neglect as a child
  • History of frequent illnesses requiring hospitalization
Symptoms :  
  • Inconsistent and dramatic medical history
  • Unclear symptoms that become more severe or change as the treatment begins
  • Relapses of the symptoms after treatment, the relapses are predictable and consistent with certain events that makes the person feels neglected.
  • The person knows most of the medical terminology and textbook descriptions of the illnesses
  • If the tests results are negative for certain illness, then additional symptoms appear
  • Symptoms manifest only in the presence of others or certain people
  • Eager to get medical tests, operations, etc.
  • Problems with identity or self-esteem
Diagnosis and Tests :  
  • Rule out physical illness
  • History of doctor hopping
  • Clinical presentation and history
Category :  Others

Specialist to consult :  Psychiatry

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