I think I might have Munchausen syndrome, what do I do?
What is Munchausen syndrome? In Munchausen syndrome (a.k.a. hospital addiction syndrome), the affected person exaggerates or creates symptoms of illnesses in themselves in order to gain investigation, treatment, attention, sympathy, and comfort from medical personnel.
Medical Treatment Initially, the medical care of persons with Munchausen syndrome is aimed at relieving the claimed symptoms and any injury made by the person to induce the symptoms. Treating people who have Munchausen syndrome is difficult because they are often unwilling to admit they have it. The treating doctor must be very judicious with invasive diagnostic tests or surgeries, yet try not to miss serious medical conditions.
Dear fau, You must see a doctor ASAP...do not allow yourself to be alone with your children. You may be suffering from baby blues not Münchhausen. Have you done something to that could have harmed your child? Have you taken your child to the hospital because of something you did and did not tell them that? Some who have baby blues think some thoughts but do not go through with them...proper counselling can help in both cases. It is your responsibility to get yourself help. Make sure you confide in another adult who can make sure you are not alone with your children. You must do this NOW. Sue...good luck
Hi fau, Are you referring to munchausen syndrome or munchausen syndrome by proxy?
By proxy is when you harm others around you to gain treatment and attention for them from medical personnel. . This can obviously be far more dangerous if you have young children, elderly parents etc...
It is essential that you share your concerns with a health care professional before you harm yourself or others.
You have taken the first step by thinking about this and asking for advice on here.
Please find the inner strength to share this with a professional.
If you think you have Munchausen, then you need help. Admitting that you have it (or think you do) would be a good first step.