Attention-Seeking Behavior

Apart from being good with numbers and a few other things, I am a pretty decent diagnostician too. There are a few diseases that intrigue me. A few rare diseases like Erdheim-Chester, Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria, Wiskott-Aldirch Syndrome, etc.

One such disease is, Munchausen Syndrome.

Munchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder; a mental disorder in which a person repeatedly and deliberately acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick. 

Munchausen syndrome is considered a mental illness because it is associated with severe emotional difficulties.

MSP is a rare condition, and its exact cause is unknown. Researchers theorize that both psychological and biological factors are involved. Many people diagnosed with MSP were physically, emotionally, or sexually abused when they were children.

Some of them just grow up in an environment, surrounded by someone who is continuously sick. As they witness how the sick person gets every attention and is given whatever he asks for; is taken care of; some children, in their growing stage, go through certain psychological changes.

They translate those situations into a way of life. They think, the best and only way to get everyone’s attention is by being sick.

And they start reading on the internet. Start creating certain symptoms with the use of drugs, etc.

Like, say, consuming amitriptyline or propofol turns the color of your urine to green.
A shot of Insulin to a healthy person would send that person into a hypoglycemic coma.

All of that for some attention.

But the real fun starts when someone with Munchausen Syndrome is actually sick. There are way too many symptoms.

Some, from the actual disease; some, created by them. And to find out which is which and to separate the actual symptoms from the self-inflicted ones, that is the real fun. The most interesting part!

P.S. Hope to go forward along the same line of thought.

Categories: Medical Science

17 replies

  1. I know someone whose mother had Munchausen by Proxy, so as a child she was perpetually forced to appear ill, given drugs to make symptoms appear to validate her mother’s claims etc. It had a terrible effect on her long-term as you can imagine and led her to become a fantasist too but in a different way; she creates her own reality and rewrites history repeatedly. I know many people do this to some extent, but she’s ruined her own daughter’s life with it, or at least did until her daughter stopped all contact. It’s very sad. Munchausen’s and the same by Proxy must be considered mental illnesses as the extent these people will go to, regardless of the reason behind their actions, are well beyond simply wanting some attention. Having access to the internet these days must only make it easier for the fabrications to seem more plausible too I imagine.

    Esme Cloud, also very interested in mental health issues

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  2. highly informative… i like this kind of topics… one way of helping the society to be aware of certain health issues is to share precise information such as this… thank you 🥰


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