Munchausen Syndrome (cont.)

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Can Munchausen syndrome be prevented?

Prevention or early treatment of the factors that place people at risk for developing Munchausen syndrome are important aspects of decreasing the likelihood that the disorder will develop in a specific individual. Therefore, prevention and early detection of child abuse, education of parents, and other family members of the importance of seeing the needs for attention by seriously ill family members and for those close to them may go a long way toward preventing Munchausen syndrome from occurring in the family. If signs of the illness are detected, the earlier they can be addressed, both in the course of the illness and at the youngest age possible for the sufferer, the better the likely outcome.

Where can people get more information about Munchausen syndrome?

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Medically reviewed by Marina Katz, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/21/2014

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