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19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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It has a mortality rate of 6-10 percent.

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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy has the highest mortality rate in child abuse cases according to the American Psychiatric Association. 6 percent of victims died after their diagnosis. Typically the cause of death was from apnea or starvation. In the cases of apnea, typically the perpetrator smothered the victim. 25 percent of victims had dead siblings. And seven percent of victims of Munchausen syndrome by proxy have a long-term or permanent injury from the abuse. Even though it may be difficult, many children overcome the physical and psychological impact of having a parent with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. According to the British Journal of Psychiatry, seven in ten children go on to live completely normal lives after having a Munchausen syndrome by proxy childhood.

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