19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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It is very difficult to diagnose and treat.


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It is difficult to diagnose Munchausen syndrome by proxy because we expect parents and caregivers to tell the truth about their child’s illness. When we see a concerned parent, we are likely to sympathize with them, not be skeptical of them. According to the Cleveland Clinic, medical professionals must confirm that there is no diagnosis for the child’s symptoms in order to confirm that a parent or caregiver has Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Afterward, they must look into the child and the parent’s medical records. Many people who have Munchausen syndrome by proxy also have Munchausen syndrome. Treatment is also difficult because people with Munchausen syndrome by proxy do not want to get help.

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