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"People with Munchausen syndrome by proxy deliberately cause illness in their wards, or pretend that non-existent illnesses are present. How much do you know about this psychological disorder among care-givers?"
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Munchausen syndrome (English spelling), and its by-proxy manifestation, were named after an 18th-century German nobleman named Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Baron von Münchhausen. What was the baron famous for, which led to the disorder taking his name?
Frequently summoning his physician
Building hospitals in Bodenwerder
Poisoning his castle's staff
Telling outrageous stories
Neither Munchausen syndrome nor Munchausen syndrome by proxy appear in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" ("DSM-IV-TR"). While "Munchausen syndrome" is the popular name for this disorder, it is actually classified by psychologists under a different name. If you wanted to find Munchausen syndrome in the "DSM-IV-TR", what should you look for instead?
Is the following statement true or false? The ailments suffered by the victims of Munchausen syndrome by proxy are always completely fictitious.
According to the diagnostic criteria for Munchausen syndrome by proxy (under its other name) in the "DSM-IV-TR", which of the following must be absent from the patient's case history?
External incentives for the behaviour
Comorbidity with another disorder
In an article titled "Web of deceit: A literature review of Munchausen syndrome by proxy" Dr. Donna Rosenberg noted that in 98% of MSbP cases the care-givers ________. Which answer correctly fills the blank?
have incomes below the poverty line
seek psychiactric help for themselves
readily confess and regret their actions
are women (generally mothers)
The driving force behind Munchausen syndrome by proxy is the perpetrator's relationship with whom?
A religious authority
When a physician suspects that a patient's illness may be the result of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, he or she may attempt a "separation test" to see if the patient's symptoms persist in the absence of the care-giver. True or false?
Munchausen syndrome by proxy perpetrators are very good at manipulating members of the medical profession and hiding their involvement with their wards' ailments. In many cases, what is often the first clue that alerts a doctor that she or he may be dealing with a case of MSbP?
Multiple wards of the person suffer from mysterious illnesses
The victim contacts a medical professional for help
The person confesses involvement in the illness
A neighbour or friend places an anonymous call to Children's Aid
Munchausen syndrome by proxy was first identified by a British physician named Roy Meadow, and as a result the disorder is sometimes referred to as Meadow's syndrome. In 2005 Professor Sir Roy Meadow was removed from the British Medical Record. Why?
He performed surgery on a minor without parental consent
None of these reasons--he died and was no longer practicing
He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
He gave misleading information in a court case
Which of the following is NOT a reason why the incidence rate of Munchausen syndrome by proxy is difficult to determine?
Physicians don't like to admit they can be deceived
Physicians disagree over the diagnostic criteria
Insufficient evidence is gathered to substantiate a suspicion
Only the most severe cases are covered in research literature
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Compiled Apr 07 13