Munchausen syndrome: what child abuse is like in which parents fake illnesses in their children – El Sol de México

He Munchausen syndrome by proxy It is a mental illness and a form of child abuse that occurs mainly in caregivers of girls or boys in which real symptoms are invented or provoked to make it seem that the minor is sick.

One of the clearest examples of this disease is presented in the Gypsy Rose case, a young woman who, from childhood to adulthood, was forced by her mother to undergo various medical procedures without presenting any illness.

What are the symptoms of Munchausen syndrome?

In accordance with Medlineplusmost people with this problem are mparents with small children. Some are adult children caring for an elderly parent.

Caregivers often work in health care and know a lot about their care, they can describe the child’s symptoms in great medical detail, as was the case in the case of Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy’s mother.

Likewise, it is detailed that These caregivers are very involved with the children, making it difficult for health professionals to reach a diagnosis of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

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In the article Infant Münchhausen syndrome of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, it is detailed that the expression “Münchhausen syndrome” was coined in 1951 “to describe the picture of diseases that adults caused themselves, who gladly wanted to undergo unpleasant and potentially dangerous therapeutic procedures.” .

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It was later determined that the Infantile Munchausen syndrome or by proxyis what is exercised towards minors, like the one who was a victim Gypsy Rosewhich led her to kill her mother in 2015.

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