Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy?

At work, we were discussing parents, kids, and spouses who negatively affect their loved ones. My boss mentioned a behavior known as Münchausen syndrome by proxy: 

Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP or MBP) is a controversial term that is used to describe a behavior pattern in which a caregiver deliberately exaggerates, fabricates, and/or induces physical, psychological, behavioral, and/or mental health problems in those who are in their care. Within the United States, factitious disorder by proxy (FDP or FDbP) is the leading alternative of this term, while in the United Kingdom, it is known as fabricated or induced illness by carers (FII).
With deception at its core, this behavior is an elusive, potentially lethal, and frequently misunderstood form of child abuseor medical neglect that has been difficult to define, detect and confirm.

Wow, who needs enemies?

6 thoughts on “Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy?”

  1. Having had the wife of one of my POs who suffered from that, it is just plain SCARY… His wife almost killed their little girl before it was finally diagnosed…

  2. I have a blogging friend who’s mom had her in the hospital many times as a kid until she was finally caught and spent time in the loonybin. My friends health is ruined now and she will never be health again from the antifreeze she had to drink among other things.

  3. Of course, I’ve heard of it; it happens to be an attention getting device by people who use those they care for (usually children or the elderly) to make themselves look like the super caregiver of all time. They actually have been known to induce illness on those they care for and then proceed to rescue their charges from their illnesses….it’s so egregiously narcissistic and disgusting a character trait, they’ve named a psychological disorder for it. And in a way if you think about it, it’s something like what Rush Limbaugh describes as a characteristic of the ‘drive-by’ media….they actually do to public opinion what these people diagnosed with ‘Muenchhausen’ Syndrome by Proxy do to their charges….announce an illness or a circumstance they have personally discovered, raising the alarm, creating all sorts of hysteria as the ‘caring’ media (what a crock that is)…and then drive away as if they hadn’t caused it in the first place and ultimately then coming to the rescue as if they are just discovering it for the very first time and hadn’t caused all this disorder in the first place…..there’s an undeniable parallel there …a similarity hard to deny….k

  4. Munchausen Syndrome (by proxy) is also a term used used over here in the UK. Sadly it is not such a rare illness as such stories are released in the UK’s MSM quite often.

    The various Social Services try to lighten the dark picture by calling it ‘fabricated or induced illness by carers; the reality is this allows them off the hook when they are found wanting over their lack of action, care, and attention. Munchausen Syndrome (by proxy) is as it should be known.


    The disorder is named after ‘Karl Friedrich Hieronymus’; (aka Baron von Munchausen) 1720-1797. A German nobleman, soldier, and huntsman who was known for making up exaggerated stories of his exploits and adventures. The disorder itself was not recognised and fully described until the twentieth century, when the simpler form of the name, “Munchausen,” was applied to it.


    Yours Aye.

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