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Posted by Keri on September 27, 2000 at 11:42:56:

In Reply to: Re: Ritalin and constipation ..... posted by Dave on September 27, 2000 at 10:56:30:

Scold me for my opinion if you will...obviously you are going though your own share of difficulties with the mother of your child and I can't help but think that you are not helping your child by jumping to conclusions that her mother has Munchausen Syndrome.....first of all, Munchausen Syndrome BY PROXY would be the actual diagnosis of a mother who feigns illness in her child for attention..
The difference between the two VERY RARE diseases is this:
Munchausen's Syndrome refers to a psychiatric disorder where patients pretend to have illnesses, and therefore are subjected to many medical tests and surgical procedures. Of course, these would never have been performed if the patient had not tried to fabricate them. However, the most notorious patients have often had dozens of surgical procedures for factitious (false) symptoms. Thus, this is a form of self-mutilation.
MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME BY PROXY IS A PARENTING disorder where parents, usually the mother, fabricate symptoms in their children, thus subjecting the child to unnecessary medical tests and/or surgical procedures. In some cases, the parents also inflict injury and can kill their children in the process.
SO PERHAPS THE ONE JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS IS YOU! YOU diagnose the mother of your child as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy...has doctor diagnosed it....Sounds like you have issues with the mother...and with all due respect they are probably very real very serious issues but MSP is a pretty harsh accusation. The false MSBP diagnosis can be gravely detrimental; adding deep emotional stress to an ill child from MATERNAL DEPRIVATION. Aggressive treatment may be stopped with the assumption that just "removing the mother" will get results, risking serious consequences to the child's well-being. Perhaps you should read up on before you go spouting wild accusations against another.

: If you had taken the time to read the post a little closer, instead of jumping to the conclusion that the porblem lies with me, the NON CUSTODAL parent .... you may understand this situation a little better. And of course ... you did NOT answer the question I had asked.

: Have you ever heard of Munchausen Syndrome? Are you aware of the reality of this sickness? Do you belive that people (usually MOTHERS) are the ones that "suffer" ... or are the culprits ... of this horrible crime? Yes ... I call it a crime!

: Please .... read into a post before you reply with the accusations that you have sent my way.

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