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Can Dogs Be Victims of Munchausen by Proxy?

Can Dogs Be Victims of Munchausen by Proxy? | Munchausen | Scoop.it
Can dogs -- like children -- be victims of Munchausen by proxy? Our vet explains.

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I decided to include this article because, as I mentioned before, I'm interested to see how MBP can potentially extend to animals, and even though this article doesn't really help to answer that, it gives some interesting examples. While it's clear the author has only anecdotal evidence of a few isolated cases, any evidence at all is still important. I think that it would be an important step in the understanding of this disorder if it was found that there was in fact a subset of MBP committed against animals.

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Experiences with Münchausen Syndrome - YouTube

In this video I discuss my mom's case of Munchausen's Syndrome as well as Munchausen's by Proxy.These are serious conditions that have affected the environme...
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I really like this somewhat longer video because the girl presenting her story neither sensationalizes or dramatizes her experiences, but simply states the unfortunate truths while providing her own insights. Other videos like this are wrought with emotion and sympathetic messages, which serves its own purpose, but this one gives clarity of information without necessarily weighing it down with grief or anger.

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One of the Best Hospitals in the Country Is Accused of Doing One of the Worst ... - TheBlaze.com

One of the Best Hospitals in the Country Is Accused of Doing One of the Worst ... - TheBlaze.com | Munchausen | Scoop.it
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This article documents the unfortunately increasing amount of misdiagnoses and false accusations of MBP, from one of the most prestigious pediatric hospitals in the country. It seems like increased superficial awareness of the disorder may be causing a rise in how often it is suspected, which demonstrates just how difficult it is to get a firm set of diagnostic criteria.

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Munchausen by Proxy With Her Birds - News - Bubblews

Munchausen by Proxy With Her Birds - News - Bubblews | Munchausen | Scoop.it
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Though this is a short blog, and not very well written, it provides a highly unusual example of an individual with MBP who perpetrates on animals rather than a child. I've only read just a few statistics regarding this, so it's interesting to know these stories are out there, even if they don't receive much attention.

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Sick note: Faking illness online

Sick note: Faking illness online | Munchausen | Scoop.it
Why would someone fake a serious illness online?
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This article presents a series of stories that I think showcases the kinds of things people will go through when they truly have this disorder. Reading stories about people mutilating themselves or subjecting themselves to unnecessary radiation brings home the seriousness of the disorder.

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Charity Frauds and Cancer Scams - Pacific Standard

Charity Frauds and Cancer Scams - Pacific Standard | Munchausen | Scoop.it
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Similar stories like this one have popped up in Nevada, Ohio, and Alabama.
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I included this article simply because of the misinformation it contains. The author of it claims that people who commit MBP are both unconscious of their actions and are doing so in order to scam charity or insurance money from others. This is not only completely incorrect (even though the author explicitly cites the DSM-V), but it does a severe disservice to those who do commit and suffer from the disorder as it adds to the already nebulous understanding of it by the public.

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A medical collision with a child in the middle - Boston Globe

A medical collision with a child in the middle - Boston Globe | Munchausen | Scoop.it
A medical collision with a child in the middle Boston Globe Many such parents used to be diagnosed with Munchausen by Proxy, a psychiatric condition in which they seek attention from the medical community by exaggerating, fabricating or even...
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Though there are several articles detailing the sad story of parents wrongly accused of MBP, I think this one does an excellent job of truly delving into the depth of these parents' struggles and frustrations against a system that is being taught to be mistrustful of parents who care too much. The article is very well written and hopefully serves to provide awareness so that these kinds of stories become less common in the future.

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Your Diabetes May Vary: Munchausen by Internet

Your Diabetes May Vary: Munchausen by Internet | Munchausen | Scoop.it
Health Community Forensics and What to D o Health issues can be isolating. For many the comfort of online connection with other patie...
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This short article introduces the unusual idea of Munchausen occurring in a purely virtual environment, bolstered only by Internet posts and photographs, and supported by people who have never met the individual with the supposed illness. Though I haven't read any research regarding this potential "diagnosis," I would be interested to see if it is prevalent enough to warrant attention by clinicians.

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Mum branded baby killer despite quashed conviction - Edinburgh Evening News

Mum branded baby killer despite quashed conviction - Edinburgh Evening News | Munchausen | Scoop.it
Edinburgh Evening News Mum branded baby killer despite quashed conviction Edinburgh Evening News It was suggested Ms Liehne may have been suffering from Munchausen's by proxy syndrome, where adult carers induce symptoms of illness in a child to get...
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Though this story only mentions Munchausen in passing, it still brings up the important issue of false accusation that can easily occur with this difficult to diagnose disorder. There is little good research on the disorder which makes it almost impossible to make sound legal decisions, and people like this mother often are on the receiving end of that misinformation.

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Our Mother Has Munchausen Syndrome Dr. Phil

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I like this short clip because it shows the more personal side of the disorder that sometimes gets lost when reading stats and figures. It's always good to remember the kinds of things people go through when they have potentially life-threatening disorders.

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