Munchausen’s syndrome is a psychological disorder in which the sufferer feigns acute or dramatic illnesses. No evidence is found to support these claims. Signs of Munchausen’s syndrome include having physical symptoms that mimic the chosen illness, a dramatic but inconsistent medical history, unclear symptoms that are not controllable, predictable relapses, wide knowledge of hospitals and medical terminology, multiple surgical scars, willingness to have medical procedures, identity and self esteem problems, and a reluctance for health care professionals to talk to family, friends or past doctors. Treatment includes psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, and medication for any co-existing problems such as depression.
back to Natural Health Glossary