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(SeattlePI)   Experts say social media can feed into Munchausen by proxy syndrome. I hope this goes green, because my son is mysteriously sick and we can't figure out what's wrong, and seeing his old dad get a greenlight full of sympathy would really help   (seattlepi.com ) divider line
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2014-07-21 12:48:02 PM  
Know what's worse? OCD by proxy. A neat freak who refuses to do any cleaning. They just make other people do it.
 
2014-07-21 01:01:39 PM  
my son is mysteriously sick and we can't figure out what's wrong,

Probably Morgellon's Syndrome
 
2014-07-21 01:47:19 PM  
Has he been tested for food allergies subby?
 
2014-07-21 02:12:17 PM  

Saborlas: Know what's worse? OCD by proxy.

Here in the states we call that "leadership" and elevate it to a value.
 
2014-07-21 02:13:33 PM  
my son is mysteriously sick and we can't figure out what's wrong

redeyerogue.com
 
2014-07-21 02:14:02 PM  
Prolly aspergers or autism
 
2014-07-21 02:14:21 PM  
Have you been feeding him gluten?
 
2014-07-21 02:14:52 PM  
Well, duh!
 
2014-07-21 02:15:14 PM  
He may be possessed. You might want to consult Pat Robertson.
 
2014-07-21 02:15:15 PM  
this is why i always assume an sick child is being poisoned and immediately attack the parent. Better safe than sorry.
 
2014-07-21 02:15:26 PM  
Sarcoidosis
 
2014-07-21 02:16:46 PM  
Or ankelosing spondelytis
 
2014-07-21 02:17:49 PM  
Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children and then bask in the attention and sympathy.

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mmmm...what a bummer
 
2014-07-21 02:17:51 PM  
 
2014-07-21 02:18:34 PM  
Wasn't he on Law And Order?
 
2014-07-21 02:18:34 PM  
Awesome headline, I don't think the above knows what Munchausen by proxy syndrome means.
 
2014-07-21 02:25:42 PM  
Have you tried leeches and bloodletting? That always works.
 
2014-07-21 02:27:03 PM  
This story reminds me of how much I wanted to murder the mom in the Sixth Sense.
 
2014-07-21 02:29:38 PM  
raoulpop.files.wordpress.com
Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I am behind seven proxies
 
2014-07-21 02:30:35 PM  
Hope subby/ole dad's son's health improves, & neither of his parents are over-salinising his food as in subj tale.
Cat just opened 28 more panels/windows, then wandered off before I could skritch her, cuz thought she desired attention.  Coulda taken foto but didna, got Nothing Good to put with this thread.
 
2014-07-21 02:31:12 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: my son is mysteriously sick and we can't figure out what's wrong,

Probably Morgellon's Syndrome


We would also accepr Fibromialga.
 
2014-07-21 02:31:22 PM  
 
2014-07-21 02:33:00 PM  
My sister constantly complains about the terrible illnesses that all of her children have. Invariably, the doctors never are able to figure out the problem, because her children are so unique and special. These certainly aren't imaginary illnesses or grossly exaggerated symptoms of real illnesses. The sneeze really is strep. The mosquito bite really is eczema. Peeing once every four hours is a congenitally malformed bladder.

Descriptions of the difficulty of her life caring for those small, sickly, near death beings, and the limitless attention that we should pay to her (but strangely, not her children) dominate most conversations.

I called her "Miss Munchausen" just ONE TIME, and now she doesn't speak to me any more.
 
2014-07-21 02:33:21 PM  

laulaja: Hope subby/ole dad's son's health improves, & neither of his parents are over-salinising his food as in subj tale.
Cat just opened 28 more panels/windows, then wandered off before I could skritch her, cuz thought she desired attention.  Coulda taken foto but didna, got Nothing Good to put with this thread.


whatthefarkamIreading.jpg
 
2014-07-21 02:35:50 PM  

ChipNASA: Schistosomiasis


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2014-07-21 02:36:58 PM  
Can we just agree that social media feeds into all mental and emotional pathologies which include the opinions of others in one way or another (paranoia, narcissism, etc.)?  That will save a lot of time, thanks.
 
2014-07-21 02:39:30 PM  

The Larch: My sister constantly complains about the terrible illnesses that all of her children have. Invariably, the doctors never are able to figure out the problem, because her children are so unique and special. These certainly aren't imaginary illnesses or grossly exaggerated symptoms of real illnesses. The sneeze really is strep. The mosquito bite really is eczema. Peeing once every four hours is a congenitally malformed bladder.

Descriptions of the difficulty of her life caring for those small, sickly, near death beings, and the limitless attention that we should pay to her (but strangely, not her children) dominate most conversations.

I called her "Miss Munchausen" just ONE TIME, and now she doesn't speak to me any more.


Mission Accomplished?
 
2014-07-21 02:39:35 PM  
Surprising number of commenters didn't understand the facetiousness of the headline...
 
2014-07-21 02:40:43 PM  

bigsmellypenis: Surprising number of commenters didn't understand the facetiousness of the headline...

Oh no we did, it just wasn't funny.
 
2014-07-21 02:41:43 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: He may be possessed. You might want to consult Pat Robertson.


atheismresource.com
 
2014-07-21 02:44:57 PM  
What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

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...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.
 
2014-07-21 02:48:24 PM  

The Larch: My sister constantly complains about the terrible illnesses that all of her children have. Invariably, the doctors never are able to figure out the problem, because her children are so unique and special. These certainly aren't imaginary illnesses or grossly exaggerated symptoms of real illnesses. The sneeze really is strep. The mosquito bite really is eczema. Peeing once every four hours is a congenitally malformed bladder.

Descriptions of the difficulty of her life caring for those small, sickly, near death beings, and the limitless attention that we should pay to her (but strangely, not her children) dominate most conversations.

I called her "Miss Munchausen" just ONE TIME, and now she doesn't speak to me any more.


Sounds like a good deal!
 
2014-07-21 02:55:34 PM  
 
2014-07-21 02:58:38 PM  

Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.


Except Munchausen syndrome is where the person intentionally creates the symptoms to mimic an illness that gets them a lot of medical attention. What you're describing sounds like something else.
 
2014-07-21 03:00:33 PM  
I used to date a woman who wrote a book called 'Sickened' about MbP based on her own childhood experiences.  Crazy crazy stuff, people who would do the things she wrote about to kids just for attention are just damaged beyond repair.
 
2014-07-21 03:09:50 PM  

The Larch: My sister constantly complains about the terrible illnesses that all of her children have. Invariably, the doctors never are able to figure out the problem, because her children are so unique and special. These certainly aren't imaginary illnesses or grossly exaggerated symptoms of real illnesses. The sneeze really is strep. The mosquito bite really is eczema. Peeing once every four hours is a congenitally malformed bladder.

Descriptions of the difficulty of her life caring for those small, sickly, near death beings, and the limitless attention that we should pay to her (but strangely, not her children) dominate most conversations.

I called her "Miss Munchausen" just ONE TIME, and now she doesn't speak to me any more.


Damn. Was that an exaggeration or are those really things she worries about?

I always kind of flinch with topics like this. I developed narcolepsy around puberty and didn't get diagnosed for another 9-ish years. So for years I was complaining of vague-as-fark shiat like being exhausted and not being able to get anything done, etc. My shiatty doctor decided it was just that I was reading about illnesses on the internet and assuming I had them (I'd mentioned depression or CFS or something). I eventually ended up being treated for "maybe bipolar ish something?" for a few years, which stabilized a bit on Wellbutrin because it's close to a stimulant. Even started getting awful panic attacks and self injuring from pushing myself so hard because there was no reason for me to be too tired to get everything done. Which went away once I actually got on some proper stimulants to wake me up a bit.

Anyway! That said, I see all kinds of crazy shiat in online health discussions. People spazzing out over really minor and stupid things. But I also see lots of people describing what sounds familiar, like spot-on narcolepsy (or very severe insomnia, since they look similar), or Chiari malformation. And the responses they get are usually "IT'S THE GLUTEN! TRY MY HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES! USE HEALING CRYSTAL!"
 
2014-07-21 03:13:46 PM  

The hopeless imp: Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.

Except Munchausen syndrome is where the person intentionally creates the symptoms to mimic an illness that gets them a lot of medical attention. What you're describing sounds like something else.


...Also unhealthy people can have really shiatty invisible chronic illnesses that have absolutely nothing to do with their bad habits. I started drinking like a motherfarker when my TSH started getting high, and once that was fixed I was back to not caring it existed. I've considered trying nicotine patches for energy since all the normal stimulants for narcolepsy have been miserable. And when I'm off my thyroid and narcolepsy meds, I will inhale an entire grocery store of food, sleep a day, and repeat as soon as I wake up.

Anyway, I think you're thinking of hypochondria?
 
2014-07-21 03:14:00 PM  

The hopeless imp: Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.

Except Munchausen syndrome is where the person intentionally creates the symptoms to mimic an illness that gets them a lot of medical attention. What you're describing sounds like something else.


It is borderline. He claims he has Crohn's, but for some reason doesn't do any of the doctor recommended lifestyle changes. He binge drinks, then goes into the emergency room for chest pains. He says he has adenomas in his colon, but proudly smokes two packs a day. He claims he has symptoms like double vision, weight loss, muscle weakness, etc., goes through countless MRIs, colonoscopies, exploratory surgeries, and doctors find nothing.  Most of what he complains about is due to lifestyle choices, but he refuses to make the necessary changes because he knows that if he does, there's a good chance he'll get better and all of the attention will disappear.
 
2014-07-21 03:24:38 PM  
My ex actually admitted to feeding our kid glass and yet still won't goto jail over that, get a plea bargain and is still allowed to visit kids... Almost 100% certainty of munchausen for her own "issues" and munchausen by proxy for what happend with kids...
Still can't believe that ***** doesn't get to see inside of jail cell...
 
2014-07-21 03:34:57 PM  

byteme4321: My ex actually admitted to feeding our kid glass and yet still won't goto jail over that, get a plea bargain and is still allowed to visit kids... Almost 100% certainty of munchausen for her own "issues" and munchausen by proxy for what happend with kids...
Still can't believe that ***** doesn't get to see inside of jail cell...


Don't you know that it's always better for children to be around their mother?  Just like Norman Bates.
 
2014-07-21 03:43:27 PM  

byteme4321: My ex actually admitted to feeding our kid glass and yet still won't goto jail over that, get a plea bargain and is still allowed to visit kids... Almost 100% certainty of munchausen for her own "issues" and munchausen by proxy for what happend with kids...
Still can't believe that ***** doesn't get to see inside of jail cell...


Holy shiat.
 
2014-07-21 04:20:15 PM  
I giggled way too hard at the headline, +eleventy subby, loved it.
 
2014-07-21 04:33:54 PM  

doloresonthedottedline: The hopeless imp: Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.

Except Munchausen syndrome is where the person intentionally creates the symptoms to mimic an illness that gets them a lot of medical attention. What you're describing sounds like something else.

...Also unhealthy people can have really shiatty invisible chronic illnesses that have absolutely nothing to do with their bad habits. I started drinking like a motherfarker when my TSH started getting high, and once that was fixed I was back to not caring it existed. I've considered trying nicotine patches for energy since all the normal stimulants for narcolepsy have been miserable. And when I'm off my thyroid and narcolepsy meds, I will inhale an entire grocery store of food, sleep a day, and repeat as soon as I wake up.

Anyway, I think you're thinking of hypochondria?


I know that people out there have illnesses that aren't on the surface for all to see, and it sounds like you have a legitimate issue. But the person I am talking about is full-on narcissist, and has lost his primary source of narcissistic supply. Since then it has been several years of constant batteries of testing for illnesses that he yes, might be imagining, but appear to be side-effects of his lifestyle choices.  For example, his latest is him saying he has Crohn's disease, but every time he has testing done the doctors can't find anything to suggest that is the case. He will say that he is getting a "chemo" treatment for his Crohn's, but within an hour or two will be posting that he's out eating at a BBQ joint with pictures of a meal that fills the table, or at a Mexican restaurant eating shrimp "el diabla". If he does in fact have Crohn's, he wouldn't be eating, drinking, or smoking the way that he does, not unless he wants to exacerbate the problem. That's where it gets borderline Munchausen. Not only is he doing nothing for his current state of health, he is ensuring that down the line, if he really does have Crohn's, he will end up with colon cancer from the drinking and smoking.
 
2014-07-21 05:28:51 PM  

Saborlas: Know what's worse? OCD by proxy. A neat freak who refuses to do any cleaning. They just make other people do it.


Are you married to me?  Or just talking to my husband?
 
2014-07-21 05:31:26 PM  

Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.


That picture is me. Every time I reach out for help I get pooh poohed. "You're fine"

After crying for most of the day on Saturday, I pulled a knife on myself. I'm pretty sure that's abnormal...But I've resigned myself that I'm that picture until the day I can successfully off myself.
 
2014-07-21 05:38:16 PM  
All I know is Zooey Deschanel is an excellent mix of quirky and beautiful Munchausen by Proxy has a really groovy sound and I would love to spend many evenings getting to know her in many intimate ways buy their album.


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2014-07-21 05:40:14 PM  

The hopeless imp: Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.

Except Munchausen syndrome is where the person intentionally creates the symptoms to mimic an illness that gets them a lot of medical attention. What you're describing sounds like something else.


Not always. People with MBP can invent imaginary symptoms/illnesses that the victim (usually a child) doesn't have, they can exaggerate the mild illness that the child does have, or they can create symptoms in the otherwise healthy child.
 
2014-07-21 05:40:35 PM  

Iggie: doloresonthedottedline: The hopeless imp: Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.

Except Munchausen syndrome is where the person intentionally creates the symptoms to mimic an illness that gets them a lot of medical attention. What you're describing sounds like something else.

...Also unhealthy people can have really shiatty invisible chronic illnesses that have absolutely nothing to do with their bad habits. I started drinking like a motherfarker when my TSH started getting high, and once that was fixed I was back to not caring it existed. I've considered trying nicotine patches for energy since all the normal stimulants for narcolepsy have been miserable. And when I'm off my thyroid and narcolepsy meds, I will inhale an entire grocery store of food, sleep a day, and repeat as soon as I wake up.

Anyway, I think you're thinking of hypochondria?

I know that people out there have illnesses that aren't on the surface for all to see, and it sounds like you have a legitimate issue. But the person I am talking about is full-on narcissist, and has lost his primary source of narcissistic supply. Since then it has been several years of constant batteries of testing for illnesses that he yes, might be imagining, but appear to be side-effects of his lifestyle choices.  For example, his latest is him saying he has Crohn's disease, but every time he has testing done the doctors can't find anything to suggest that is the case. He will say that he is getting a "chemo" treatment for his Crohn's, but within an hour or two will be posting that he's out eating at a BBQ joint with pictures of a meal that fills the table, or at a Mexican restaurant eating shrim ...


It's still not Munchausen. Not even borderline. That's just wanting a magic pill to cure his health problems so he doesn't have to change his shiatty lifestyle.
 
2014-07-21 05:44:56 PM  

EmmaLou: Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.

That picture is me. Every time I reach out for help I get pooh poohed. "You're fine"

After crying for most of the day on Saturday, I pulled a knife on myself. I'm pretty sure that's abnormal...But I've resigned myself that I'm that picture until the day I can successfully off myself.


And as I said before, I am not referring to people who have actual problems. Every time this guy has an issue, and the doctors say, "If you have x symptoms, then stop doing y behavior", he refuses. If someone says "Here are some solutions for your problems", he gets angry and refuses to listen. He is the sole expert on himself, of his mental and physical health, and if the doctor doesn't agree with his self-diagnosis, then the doctor gets threatened with lawsuits.  If you try to call him out on the inconsistencies with his stories, you get accused of being an insensitive biatch. It's people like him that make it that much worse for people like you who have real problems, because his crying wolf jades those of us who have to listen to it.
 
2014-07-21 05:47:11 PM  

namegoeshere: The hopeless imp: Iggie: What about plain ol' Munchausen and social media? I swear, if I see another smoking/drinking/diet-induced health scare from the guy who goes through two packs a day, binge-drinks on the weekends, and eats crap on a daily basis, then follows it up with this...:

...I'm going to pull my hair out. And then I'm going to get on Facebook and cry about my Alopecia.

Except Munchausen syndrome is where the person intentionally creates the symptoms to mimic an illness that gets them a lot of medical attention. What you're describing sounds like something else.

Not always. People with MBP can invent imaginary symptoms/illnesses that the victim (usually a child) doesn't have, they can exaggerate the mild illness that the child does have, or they can create symptoms in the otherwise healthy child.


Gah, I think I blended two posts in my head. Anyway, for plain Munchausen, people can invent symptoms that they don't really have, exaggerate a mild illness, make a mild illness intentionally worse, or create symptoms by artificial means when they are otherwise healthy. So if the guy OP is talking about has a medical issue and acts contrary to medical advice, not to be a stubborn old coot but specifically to make the illness worse for attention, then yes, that's probably Munchausen.
 
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