Factitious Disorder

Factitious disorder imposed on another (formerly termed as Munchausen syndrome by proxy) is a mental illness characterized by causing, directly or indirectly, the appearance of health problems in another individual. Those with this disorder may appear cooperative with health care providers and seem highly concerned with their ward’s health.

For instance, a primary caregiver is secretly poisoning her child and then derives satisfaction from the sympathy of others and attention from medical practitioners. The warning signs include the child's numerous hospitalizations, pattern of recurring illness after discharge, presence of chemicals in the child’s blood, urine, or stool.

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