19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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This syndrome is also called Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA).

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The original term used to describe this psychological disorder was Munchausen syndrome by proxy. However, it was never a scientific term. There were many different terms for this illness for over forty years. The World Health Organization recognized the disorder as Factitious Illness by Proxy in 1996. The American Psychiatric Association recognized Munchausen syndrome in the 1980s. But they did not recognize Munchausen syndrome by proxy until 1994, but only as a proposal. The American Psychiatric Association did not officially recognize Munchausen syndrome by proxy until 2013. Its official name is Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another. In Britain, the disorder is called Fabricated Illness by Carers.

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