Munchausen syndrome by proxy

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Munchausen’s by proxy (MSBP), now known as Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) and Factitious disorder imposed on another (FDIA or FDIoA) is a controversial and relatively rare mental health diagnosis, in which a caregiver or spouse fabricates, exaggerates, or induces mental or physical health problems in those who are in their care to draw attention, sympathy, or reassurance for themselves.

It is both physical abuse and medical neglect and is also a form of psychological maltreatment.[1]

Fabricated induced illness and children with ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Some children with ME/CFS have found their parents accused of "fabricating" their illness, sometimes resulting in child protection/safeguarding measures being taken to separate the ill child from parents or carers. In some cases children with ME/CFS have been removed from parents and spent considerable time in a psychiatric unit, without parental contact.[2][3] This has happened in a number of countries, including the UK, Denmark and Belgium.[2][4]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2006, Pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Munchausen-By-Proxy: A Case Study[4] - (Full text)

Articles, letters and videos[edit | edit source]

  • 2015, Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, Factitious Disorders in Children and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[5](Full text)

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ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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