Thursday, May 24, 2012

Munchhausen By Proxy- This is Odd

This is one of those off the wall topics that came to mind... I have been thinking about Munchhausen by Proxy... I haven't heard a whole lot about it except for on the news... What got me thinking about it is because someone I know does some weird things... Maybe I'm reading more into things than I should... But some of the things that are done are off the wall... I could be paranoid about this too, but maybe not... If you haven't heard of it, what they do is make others believe that they are helping someone else out and living through someone elses illness... The only times I have heard about this is with parents who will make their kids sick... Then when they take their kids to the Dr's they get all this attention because they are giving everything to them and helping them... They are seen as a savior to thier kids... I wonder if it is possible for someone to have this even if it isn't for a kid...

What about if they are helping someone else out who is sick and they make it seem like they are the ones doing everything for them? They don't get the right care the person needs or they may be the one that is making the other person sick... Its like they get some kind of joy out of getting the attention because they are helping to the other person... Then when they say that certain things happen and they know that the person they are caring for can't do much for themselves... Its like they build up this life around the person they are caring for... Then when things don't seem to make sense, they leave the scene... When I think about a person who would do this, I think they are sicker then the one who they are supposedly caring for... What happens when a person who has this disorder or illness gets caught? And I wonder how far they will go to cover up what they have done... What if they are found out, then what.... Do they go out of their way to make sure nobody knows or what? maybe I'm watching too much Dr. Drew or Nancy Grace, lol... I guess alot of thoughts are running through my head on this... And I know its a weird thought... Its really sad that I would think someone I know would be capable of doing that...

People who are like this I think seeks out people who they can gain their complete trust in and then it's easier to use them because they depend on them... It's really sad to think that someone would do that and when I hear about this happening to children, it is upsetting... So, I wonder who is actually sicker, the person that has the physical illness or made to be sick by the hands of another person or is it the person who is doing this to someone else...

It is a weird topic I know... And I'm probably just over thinking this... I wouldn't think there would be someone like this in the small city I live in... I don't know how common this is... If it isn't Munchhausen,then I don't know what else it could be... Maybe this person has some weird whacked out thing going on that has no name... I might not want to know... But it is what it is...

Munchhausen by Proxy Description: 

Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS) is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caretaker.

Also known as "medical child abuse," MBPS was named after Baron von Munchausen, an 18th-century German dignitary known for making up stories about his travels and experiences in order to get attention. "By proxy" indicates that a parent or other adult is fabricating or exaggerating symptoms in a child, not in himself or herself.

Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a mental illness and requires treatment.

What is Munchausen syndrome?

Munchausen syndrome is a type of factitious disorder, or mental illness, in which a person repeatedly acts as if he or she has a physical or mental disorder when, in truth, he or she has caused the symptoms. People with factitious disorders act this way because of an inner need to be seen as ill or injured, not to achieve a concrete benefit, such as financial gain. They are even willing to undergo painful or risky tests and operations in order to get the sympathy and special attention given to people who are truly ill. Some will secretively injure themselves to cause signs like blood in the urine or cyanosis of a limb. Munchausen syndrome is a mental illness associated with severe emotional difficulties

If you want to read more about Munchhausen, here is a couple links... Munchhausen by Proxy , Munchhausen Disorder


Gracie said...

Nice blog entry. I knew someone who had Munchhausen by proxy and it is horrible. She was doing terrible and sick things to her children. She was questioned about her actions and she immediately went on the defensive. She never admitted to doing the things they said she was doing. There was nothing else that would support another reason for her child to get sick and almost die. I would be careful of anyone who may have this. It's one thing when they harm themselves. But when they do harm to others that is another thing. You don't know how far they will go to get the attention or cover things up. I hope this person isn't in your life any longer. If so, get them out of your life. It's as if you are playing a game of Russian Roulette. Eventually your gonna get to the chamber that has the bullet if you play long enough. With this illness, you don't know what is going to happen or what they will do. I pray this person you are talking about gets help before someone gets killed.

Susan C said...

There was this mother on MSNBC and she solicited funds from the community and friends because she said her daughter had this disease. Her daughters Dr's did a number of surgeries and treated this girl for years. One day they thought something was wrong and she was found when they turned their backs that the mother was putting medicines in her daughters Port in her chest wall. She almost killed her daughter because she wanted to be seen as a caring and loving mother who would give up everything for her daughter. She would nurse her daughter back to health and then soon she would be just as sick if not sicker. Her mother is sitting in prison right now and that's where she belongs.

I know this is a mental illness. But what the hell is a mother thinking or a caregiver thinking when they do things to hurt a child or a person who is debilitated such as an elderly person. It does happen to those that are elderly, mentally challenged or unable to care for themselves as well. That God this little girl had Dr's that were paying attention and that this mother is in prison. There are a number of times these kinds of parents and caregivers will end up killing the ones they are professing to help. This is a rare syndrome and hard to diagnose. If you suspect you know someone with this, stay far away and never let them give you anything by mouth or injection. It's very upsetting when it is someone in the medical field that has this syndrome. There are some cases out there where Dr's and nurses will take things into their own hands. This would be an even scarier scenario. We are suppose to trust our Dr's and nurses and when we can't, then who do we trust?

This is a very little known syndrome and I find it interesting learning about how the mind works and why we do the things we do. There is no clear reason with Munchhausen by Proxy except to get attention.